Rafael Nadal proceeded into the third round of the US Open following his comfortable victory over Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday.
The world number two, considered a major threat by his colleagues at the ongoing US Open, saw off Dutra Silva 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 in 92 minutes.
Nadal, who missed last year’s event due to injury showed no signs of weakness and looked well on course for a tenth championship success this year.
“I didn’t have time to practice a lot because I was injured for seven months and when I started to feel better I started to compete,” Nadal said.
“I need to play more aggressive- I’m trying to work on this whole career but it’s more mental than a training thing.”
17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, three-time winner Serena Williams, and 6 seed caroline Wozniacki all recorded victory at the same stadium yesterday.
Four-time winner Federer beat Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-3, 6-2, 6-1, while 6th seed Dane, Wozniacki, thrashed South Africa’s Chanelle 6-1, 6-2.
Italian Flavia Pannetta saw off compatriot Sara Errani who is ranked fourth following the withdrawal of Maria Sharapova.
Errani said she foresaw the loss and admitted feeling uninspired by the pressure that she almost didn’t take to the court.
“I think it’s the pressure. I have never been in this situation. I don’t want to go to the court. I don’t want to go play. I don’t want to stay there on the court. I feel very bad.”
Defending champion Williams will play Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the third round after beating another Kazakhstani Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 6-0.
At the Louis Armstrong Stadium world number two Victoria Azarenka overcame Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada 6-3, 6-1 to book a third round meeting with Alize Cornet of France.
13th seed John Isner beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4) to progress as the last- seeded American in the men’s draw.
Spaniard David Ferrer beat countryman Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-7 (5-7) 6-1, 6-2 to reach the round three at Flushing Meadow.
Germany’s 8th seed, Angelique Kerber, struggled to overcome Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia defeated Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 6-2, 6-1 at the Grandstand, whereAdrian Mannarino of France beat Sam Querrey of the United States 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (5-7), 6-2.
Mannarino, who is only through to the second third-round of a Grand Slam in his fledgling career, meets Swiss, Federer, next.
Petra Kvtova of Czech Republic beat Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-2, 6-4.
Frenchman Richard Gasquet (8th seed) beat Stephanie Robert of France 6-3, 7-5, 7-5.
Tommy Robredo of Spain beat Canadian Frank Danecvic 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.
Great Britain’s Dan Evans beat Australia’s Bernard Tomic 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.