Nadal stays on course, Ferrer, Murray safely through

Nadal stays on course, Ferrer, Murray safely through

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Andy Murray all had little trouble in booking their spot in round three of the French Open.

Nadal is chasing a ninth Roland Garros title in 10 years and the Spaniard was in ominous form as he beat Austria's Dominic Thiem with consummate ease in a 6-2 6-2 6-3 win on the famous red clay on Thursday.

Thiem, tipped for a promising future, showed positive signs with 27 winners, but 41 unforced errors meant Nadal - who broke seven times - was a comfortable winner on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The world number one continues his quest for a 14th grand slam title against world number 65 Leonardo Mayer after the Argentinian defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-4.

Fifth seed Ferrer continued his latest attempt to win a first grand slam crown by disposing of Italian Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-3 6-2 in under two hours.

The Spaniard was runner-up to Nadal 12 months ago and could potentially face his compatriot again in the quarter-finals.

However, in round three the 32-year-old faces a tricky task in the form of Andreas Seppi. The 32nd seed was a comfortable 6-2 6-4 6-4 winner against Juan Monaco.

Wimbledon champion Murray set up a third-round tie with Philipp Kohlschreiber as he breezed past Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-3 6-1 6-3.

Matosevic - who won his maiden first-round match at a grand slam at the 13th attempt against Dustin Brown on Tuesday - had no answer the Scot's superiority.

The seventh seed was particularly impressive on Matosevic's serve, earning 19 break points and converting six to confirm his progression.

Murray should face a sterner challenge against 28th seed Kohlschreiber. The German - who won his first title of the year in Dusseldorf last week - ousted Denis Istomin.

The partisan home crowd were also treated to a double success as Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils, seeded 12th and 23rd respectively, emerged from their matches unscathed.

Gasquet - who has never gone beyond round four in Paris - saw off Argentinian Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4, while Monfils defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-1.

Fernando Verdasco plays Gasquet next, the 24th seed winning a five-set epic against Pablo Cuevas 4-6 6-7 (6-8) 7-5 6-4 6-3, while Monfils faces a tricky test against 14th seed Fabio Fognini, the Italian safely beating Thomaz Bellucci 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-2).

South Africa's Kevin Anderson, seeded 19th, will face Ivo Karlovic in round three, the former having overcome Axel Michon, while the latter saw off the challenge of Andreas Haider-Maurer.

Feliciano Lopez was a surprise casualty, however, the 26th seed falling to a 6-3 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 defeat to Donald Young, the American rewarded with a third-round contest against another Spaniard in the form of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who defeated home favourite Adrian Mannarino in four sets.

Other second-round winners included Dusan Lajovic and Jack Sock.

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