Rafael Nadal thumped Lukas Lacko (ATP rank 75) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in their second round match up today. Lacko was unable to control the spin and weight of shot from Nadal and was ultimately no match for the world number two. As a result the match lacked high quality rallies, and still wasn’t Rafa at his best, still missing some shots by just a few centimetres that he was making last year. However, Rafa played a more offensive style of play today, staying close to the baseline throughout the match.
Despite the lack of real challenge in the match the defending champion was happy to have the job done in straight sets rather that having to battle to get through like Federer did against Andreev.
Nadal next faces Philipp Kohlschreiber (ATP rank 26) in the third round. Rafa leads their head to head 4-0.