Nadal saunters through in sunny Paris

Paris: Rafael Nadal made up for lost time at the French Open on Friday with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Argentina`s Horacio Zeballos to reach the third round a day later than scheduled.

The Spaniard, bidding to regain the title he won four years in succession before his run was snapped 12 months ago, cut a dashing figure in a lime green and blue shirt on the sun-kissed red clay and his play also dazzled for the most part.

Left-handed Zeballos, playing singles here for the first time this year, had no answer to Nadal`s superior power and succumbed in one hour 45 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Nadal`s only blemish was losing his serve at 4-2 in the third set but he quickly broke back to book a third-round match against either Lleyton Hewitt or Denis Istomin.

Bureau Report