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Tennis: Nadal impresses as French Open rests from days of shocks

Published on May 30, 2014 6:38 AM
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a forehand to Dominic Thiem of Austria during their men's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on May 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Rafael Nadal handed out a brutal French Open lesson to highly-rated Dominic Thiem on Thursday as Roland Garros took a breather from the shocks which have rocked the tournament.

Defending champion Nadal cruised to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 victory over his 20-year-old Austrian opponent to reach the third round.

Fifth-seeded compatriot David Ferrer, the runner-up in 2013, and Andy Murray, the seventh seeded Wimbledon champion, also cruised through.

Following the exit of world number three Stan Wawrinka and the defeats of women's top seeds Serena Williams and Li Na, Thursday at the French Open was a sedate affair.

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