Wimbledon 2011: Rafael Nadal Advances Unscathed

Candice HareContributor IIIJune 22, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22:  Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot during his second round match against  Ryan Sweeting of the United States on Day Three of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 22, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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History has a tendency to repeat itself.

That was certainly the case in the second round match between defending Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal and the 69th ranked Ryan Sweeting.

In their two previous matches, Nadal was not only victorious, but he dominated the 23 year old American.

That trend continued on Centre Court at SW19, where the top-seeded Nadal played a very clean match that left the American with few opportunities to do any damage.

After watching Nadal cruise for two sets, Sweeting relaxed and played at a higher level in the third set. He was even able to break the Spaniard and consolidate that break to lead at 4-3 in the set. Nadal quickly broke back, however, and he was able to win the set on his serve 6-4.

The top-seeded Nadal looked crisp throughout the match, as his serve was effective and his groundstrokes were spot on.

His serve, in particular, was a major weapon, as he had nine aces compared to zero double faults. He also had a 70 percent first serve percentage. In the entire match, Nadal had 38 winners versus seven unforced errors, which was a testament to how cleanly he played.

Nadal will face Gilles Muller, who advanced after Milos Raonic retired, in the third round. The top-ranked Spaniard has played Muller only twice in his career. Both matches, which they split, took place in 2005.

In other news, last year's finalist Tomas Berdych, Mardy Fish and Richard Gasquet advanced to the third round. 14th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, on the other hand, lost in straight sets to Simone Bolelli.