Spain's Rafael Nadal brought his "A" game to the table in second-round action at the U.S. Open, confidently showcasing all aspects of his game in a 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 rout of Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva
The No. 2 seed gave his 134th-ranked opponent no chance throughout Thursday night's contest, taking the ball early and dictating play from the baseline.
The Spaniard's sharpness was reflected in the statistics, as he struck 30 winners compared with only 15 unforced errors. Dutra Silva was unable to impose his own game and finished the match with nine winners and 22 unforced errors.
"I started a little bit too slow, in my opinion. Then during the match I tried to play better and better every time. I think I finished the match playing well, doing a few things well, moving myself better," the 2010 champion said.
"Important thing at the end winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-0. The result says that I did the right things."
Nadal, who has made a stunning comeback from a knee injury that kept him out of action for several months last year, has a 55-3 record this season and can reclaim the No. 1 ranking by winning the tournament.
The Spaniard will seek to remain undefeated on hard courts this season when he takes on Croatian Ivan Dodig in Saturday's third round.
In other action Thursday, Swiss five-time champion Roger Federer also cruised into the third round with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.
Big-serving American John Isner, meanwhile, topped Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) to remain on course for a fourth-round showdown with Nadal. EFE