Rafael Nadal, world number one in tennis, passed on Wednesday to the third round of the U.S. Open with a victory by 6-3, 6-4 and 6-2 over the Canadian Vasek Pospisil.
Nadal, whose first-round match ended abruptly when his opponent David Ferrer withdrew due to a calf injury, left dominating and never looked back.
The defending champion closed the first set in 35 minutes after breaking his opponent’s serve early, while Pospisil, who ranked 88th in the ATP rankings, had trouble setting a service pace.
The Canadian recovered briefly in the second set when he managed to briefly break Nadal’s serve, but the Spanish recovered immediately and won four straight games to achieve total control.
In other games of the day, Argentinian tennis player Juan Martin del Potro qualified for the third round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday by beating local Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), in a day in which the Swiss Stan Wawrinka had to fight more than expected to stay alive in the tournament.
Del Potro will play in the next round against the winner of the match between the Spanish Fernando Verdasco and the British Andy Murray.
“In the first two sets I felt very comfortable and at the end of the third set I stayed a little bit, but the important thing was to win in three sets,” Del Potro told ESPN after the victory.
Meanwhile, Wawrinka beat young Frenchman Ugo Humbert 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 and 7-5 in almost three and a half hours of play.
“I’m playing really well,” said Wawrinka, the 2016 New York champion. “I think I can play better in the next round.”
In the third round, the Swiss will meet Canadian Milos Raonic, who beat Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4.