Spain's Rafael Nadal rolled to a second straight easy victory at the French Open, brushing aside Denis Istomin Thursday 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 in second-round action.
In a match played on the tournament's No. 2 court, Suzanne Lenglen, Nadal adjusted to the slightly different conditions with ease and dominated the baseline rallies.
For the contest, he struck 25 winners, made just 17 unforced errors and broke the Uzbek's serve seven times.
Istomin held two break points in the second set, but Nadal erased them and continued his march to an easy victory, not dropping his serve once in the one-hour, 50-minute match.
Despite the comfortable win, Nadal said in the post-match press conference that there is still at least one aspect of his game in need of fine-tuning.
"Sure, I can improve things. The serve is the first one. I think I improved the level of my serve during the match but I started the match serving bad. That's the thing I can improve a little bit," the world No. 2 said.
Nadal has already won three tournaments this clay-court season - including his eighth title in Monte Carlo and sixth in Rome.
The Spaniard, who is seeking a record seventh French Open title at this year's event, defeated Italy's Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in Tuesday's first-round play.
Thursday was an excellent day for the rest of the Spanish and Latin American contingent at Roland Garros as well, as Spain's David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro, Argentina's Juan Monaco and Leonardo Mayer and Colombia's Santiago Giraldo also came away with straight-set wins.
Argentina's Eduardo Schwank also advanced Thursday, scoring a hard-fought 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win over Germany's Florian Mayer, but now will have the daunting task of facing a razor-sharp Nadal on Saturday.
The French Open is the second Grand Slam tournament on the tennis calendar and the only one of the four played on clay. EFE