• French Open, Day Seven

Nadal sinks Schwank in Paris

ESPN staff
June 2, 2012
Rafael Nadal needed just over two hours to get the job done © PA Photos

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Rafael Nadal has swatted away another obstacle in his bid for a seventh French Open title, taking care of qualifier Eduardo Schwank in straight sets.

Schwank, the world No. 192, put on a brave showing - but there was never any sense he was about to cause one of the great shocks in tennis history.

While Nadal looked uncharacteristically ragged at times and will have to improve if he is to retain the title, he will take comfort from having completed the job without dropping a set. He triumphed 6-1 6-3 6-4.

Second seed Nadal, who progressed to the third round with wins over Simone Bolelli and Denis Istomin, will next face Juan Monaco, with Janko Tipsarevic or Nicolas Almagro looming in the quarters.

Schwank surrendered three breaks in the first set, although he was far from blown away, working two opportunities to take a game against Nadal's serve.

Nadal only conjured one break point of his own in the second set - but he took it, and that was enough to take him over the line, and one more break in the third landed the decisive blow.

Nadal will now face 13th seed Juan Monaco, after he dealt with the dangerous Milos Raonic after a five-set contest.

Monaco prevailed despite ending on the wrong side of two tiebreaks, as he dug himself out of a whole to secure a 6-7(5) 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4 that took just over four-and-a-half hours.

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