Nadal drubs Kohlschreiber

Gritty Wawrinka edges past Berdych; Murray snaps losing streak

Nadal drubs Kohlschreiber

Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka celebrates after his win over Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych in the Rome Masters tennis tournament on Wednesday. Reuters

A day after the world number one Roger Federer had been felled at the first hurdle by Latvian Ernests Gulbis, Nadal left Kohlschreiber a punched out wreck on Wednesday as he began his charge towards a fifth Rome title in six years.

On Tuesday, Federer was adamant that his Rome setback would have little impact on his chances of defending his Roland Garros crown as he still had a month to find his best tennis before the claycourt major.

But Nadal fired an early warning that he was once again ready to trample over anyone who stands in his way on his favourite surface after knee problems disrupted his 2009 season.

Nadal's second-round display was not flawless but that provided little consolation for Kohlschreiber.

The four-times French Open winner had it all his own way in the first set, when Kohlschreiber did not help his cause with some wild forehands.
The German put up more resistance in the second set and had a break point in the sixth game.

But Nadal stood his ground before breaking serve twice to wrap things up and set up a third-round meeting with Romanian Victor Hanescu.

Swedish fifth-seed Robin Soderling, who handed Nadal his first ever defeat at the French Open last year, is on course to meet the Spaniard in the quarterfinals after dispatching Italian wild card Paolo Lorenzi 6-1 7-5. Earlier, British fourth seed Andy Murray snapped a three-match losing streak with a confident 6-2, 6-4 win over Italy's Andreas Seppi.

Results (second round, prefix denotes seeding): Men: 7-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) bt Viktor Troicki (Serb) 6-2, 6-3; 11-Ivan Ljubicic (Cro) bt Nicolas Almagro (Esp) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3); Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) bt 14-John Isner (US) 7-6 (9-7), 7-5; 6-Fernando Verdasco (Esp) bt Simone Bolelli (Ita) 7-6 (13-11), 6-3; Stanislas Wawrinka (Sui) bt 10-Tomas Berdych (Cze) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6); 3-Rafa Nadal (Esp) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) 6-1, 6-3; Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Esp) bt Lleyton Hewitt (Aus) 6-2, 6-3; Santiago Giraldo (Col) bt Michael Llodra (Fra) 6-3, 6-2; 5-Robin Soderling (Swe) bt Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) 6-1, 7-5; Filippo Volandri (Ita) bt Julien Benneteau (Fra) 6-2, 6-0.

Bopanna-Qureshi advance

Top seeded pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi advanced to the doubles quarter-finals of the ATP Tunis Open in Tunisia after a getting a walkover from Theirry Ascione and Arnaud Clement in the first round.

The French pair opted our of the contest due to an elbow injury to Clement. Bopanna and Qureshi will fight it out with Frederico Gel of Portugal and Marcelo Melo of Brazil for a place in the semifinals.

Gil and Melo beat wild card pair of Reda El Amrani of Morocco and Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-4, 6-0.

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