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Rafael Nadal drops just one game in French Open romp, Milos Raonic through

Rafael Nadal coasted to the most one-sided win of his French Open career, while Milos Raonic too moved into the fourth round after his opponent retired

tennis Updated: Jun 02, 2017 22:39 IST
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning against Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili during 3rd round match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on Friday.
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning against Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili during 3rd round match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on Friday.(AFP)

Rafael Nadal took another step closer to a 10th French Open with a ruthless 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 demolition of Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Fourth seed Nadal coasted to the most one-sided win of his Roland Garros career as his 63rd-ranked opponent, playing his first match on Philippe Chatrier Court, was struck down by stagefright.

It was the 100th best-of-five set match on clay that Nadal had played in his career.

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His record now stands at 98-2 with his only two losses coming at Roland Garros.

“Perfection? I don’t know about that,” said Nadal.

Basilashvili, 25, hit just five winners and committed 34 unforced errors in his 90-minute horror show.

Nadal, who turns 31 on Saturday, will meet fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Raonic through

Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic advanced to the last 16 when veteran Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired through injury in the second set.

Raonic was leading 6-1, 1-0 when 153rd-ranked Garcia-Lopez quit after just 28 minutes of their third round encounter.

The world number six will meet either Grigor Dimitrov or Pablo Carreno Busta for a spot in the quarter-finals.