No. 2 Rafael Nadal exploded to a straight-sets victory over the overmatched Rogerio Dutra Silva in the second round of the 2013 U.S. Open on Thursday, winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-0.
Nadal won the first set handily, 6-2. He won 91 percent of first-serve points, 67 percent of second-serve points and 50 percent of return points while notching nine winners to one ace, according to USOpen.org.
Dutra Silva actually won the first game of the match, when Nadal lost the game off a forehand forced error.
But from there it was all Nadal. He won the next three games, lost the fifth game and then won the next three games to claim the first set. The first set lasted 33 minutes.
Dutra Silva continued by winning the first game of the second set off a backhand forced error by Nadal. But it was all downhill from there for the underdog, who dropped the next six games to lose the second set, 1-6.
In that second set, Nadal won 71 percent of first-serve points, five of five net points, three of four break points and 58 percent of return points, per USOpen.org. Dutra Silva committed eight unforced errors and three double faults in the second set alone.
The second set lasted all but 31 minutes. Nadal appeared to be gaining steam as the match progressed, while Dutra Silva continued to slide down the rabbit hole.
In fact, Dutra Silva didn't win one game in the third and final set. Nadal simply deconstructed the 29-year-old Brazilian.
For the match, Nadal won 81 percent of first-serve points, 65 percent of second-serve points, 90 percent of net points and 57 percent of return points while notching 30 winners, per USOpen.org.
Dutra Silva committed 22 unforced errors and posted five double faults.
Despite the fact that Dutra Silva got off to a good start in the beginning of the first two sets, it didn't take long for Nadal to respond. This was an absolute clinic.
Nadal's competition moving forward better be on top of their game, or he is going to win his 13th career Grand Slam singles title and second career U.S. Open championship.
Also, Nadal's future opponents probably should just ignore this little tidbit, courtesy of Tennis Facts:
With his second round win in US Open, Nadal's 166-23 record in Grand Slams is ranked 10th on greatest of all time list.— Tennis Facts (@TennisFacts) August 30, 2013