Nadal, 'super old' Federer cruise to French wins

Rafa Nadal in action at the French Open on 27 May 2019

French Open: Easy for Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, scare for Serena Williams

However, following a recent tweet which highlighted some statistics, it shows that Rafael Nadal is clearly superior within Majors in comparison to that of his nearest rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Rafa Nadal left German qualifier Yannick Maden no hope as he booked his ticket for the third round of the French Open in ruthless fashion with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory on Wednesday. Having disposed of Yannick Hanfmann on Monday, today he is up against Yannick Maden, a German qualifier ranked just outside the world's top 100. He was on the verge of doing even better on Wednesday but lost focus briefly in the third set and dropped his serve twice.

"With YouTube you can find things", said Nadal of the potential pitfalls of facing the relative unknown of Maden. "Because the feeling on the match has been positive".

In the next round, Nadal will be up against 27th-seeded David Goffin.

Nadal will, however, be playing a rare match on Roland Garros' second arena - Court Suzanne Lenglen.

In another instance of an American losing to a Serbian in five sets, Denis Kudla was beaten 6-0, 6-7 (7), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 by Miomir Kecmanovic.

The 32-year-old Nadal was in near total control against world number 114 Maden bar some nervy moments in the third set, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

Spain's Muguruza, seeded 19th this year, eased to a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Swede Johanna Larsson to advance.

Williams, who has fallen agonisingly short of winning her 24th Grand Slam title and matching Margaret Court, since returning from having a baby, looked understandably rusty after playing only one competitive match since March.

"It was hard, he really played a great match".

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina will face 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza in the women's third round after the ninth seed's compatriot Kateryna Kozlova pulled out of the tournament before their match with a viral infection.

Fancied sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas also had no free ride against Bolivia's Hugo Dellien, fighting from 4-2 down in the fourth set in a 4-6 6-0 6-3 7-5 comeback victory.

The seventh-seeded Stephens hit a series of winners in the tiebreaker and sealed the match with a backhand down the line.

Corentin Moutet produced the biggest win of his burgeoning career in front of his home crowd to reach the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 champion, and last year's runner-up Dominic Thiem both went through unscathed.

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