Nadal drops one game to win third-round clash

June 03, 2017
Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris. (AP Photo)


Rafael Nadal dropped just one game on his way to a straight-set victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

It was Nadal's 100th best-of-five-sets match on clay. He has a 98-2 win-loss record.

With the rain clouds rolling in, Nadal seemed keen to get his third-round match over as quickly as possible and the number four seed took 90 minutes to win 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.

"I don't know if it was perfection," said Nadal, who turns 31 today.

"I went on court thinking it was going to be a tough match ... I believe I played the best match since a while."

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