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Nadal's new French Open winning streak up to 2

 Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland ...
 Spain's Rafael Nadal goes up to the net to return the ball to Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during a second round match of the French Open tennis tour...
 Australia's Lleyton Hewitt reacts as he plays Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their second round match for the French Open tennis tournament at the...
 Argentina's Horacio Zeballos returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland ...
 Argentina's Horacio Zeballos reaches up to return the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament a...
 Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland ...
 Australia's Lleyton Hewitt returns the ball to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their second round match for the French Open tennis tournament at th...
 Spain's Rafael Nadal runs for the ball against Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the R...

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Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland ...

France Tennis French Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal goes up to the net to return the ball to Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during a second round match of the French Open tennis tour...

France Tennis French Open

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt reacts as he plays Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their second round match for the French Open tennis tournament at the...

France Tennis French Open

Argentina's Horacio Zeballos returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland ...

France Tennis French Open

Argentina's Horacio Zeballos reaches up to return the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament a...

France Tennis French Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland ...

France Tennis French Open

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt returns the ball to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their second round match for the French Open tennis tournament at th...

France Tennis French Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal runs for the ball against Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the R...

The latest player to absorb a lopsided loss against Rafael Nadal on clay offered a novel idea for how to thwart the four-time French Open champion.
Asked how many men are capable of beating Nadal the way he's playing at the moment, Argentina's Horacio Zeballos replied: "Maybe two or three." Then, after pausing for effect, Zeballos added: "But at the same time; playing together. If they play together, maybe they can win."
Nadal produced a second consecutive easy victory at Roland Garros, beating the 44th-ranked Zeballos 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 on Friday in a match delayed by a day because of rain. The Spaniard has lost 13 games on his way into the third round, where he will face another former No. 1, two-time major champion Lleyton Hewitt.
"I know him well," Nadal said.
That's certainly so.
They've met nine times in all, and Nadal not only leads 5-4, but he's won their past four matches and eliminated Hewitt at the French Open in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
"I would be surprised if he did anything different. He cleaned me up, last few times," said the 28th-seeded Hewitt, who advanced on Friday with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.
Thinking ahead to taking on Nadal, Hewitt added: "I'm going to have to go out there and execute what I want to do _ and do it bloody well."
Nadal is attempting to become the second man to win five French Open titles; Bjorn Borg holds the record of six.
Against fellow left-hander Zeballos, Nadal made a mere 12 unforced errors and lost serve only once. He immediately broke back, then served out the match.
Nadal was unbeaten on clay in tour matches in 2010 _ 17-0, including Masters Series titles at Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid.
"I don't know if I'm playing my best tennis today," Nadal said, "but I think I have almost reached this level for several months."
Now Hewitt will try, once again, to get the better of Nadal.
"That's the reason you play tennis _ to get opportunities to play the best players in the world. In the Grand Slams, I feel like I've put myself in a position my whole career that's it's taken the best players most times in a Grand Slam to beat me," said Hewitt, who won the U.S. Open in 2001, and Wimbledon in 2002, and twice was a runner-up at major championships. "Hopefully I can give him a good match."


Updated : 2021-04-20 00:01 GMT+08:00