Rafael Nadal said after his win:
“The aim was to play as well as possible. I’m very happy. I have another difficult match next.
“It’s always very special for me to play here in Paris and especially here on Phillipe Chatrier.”
The 12-time champion will have a tougher challenge next.
He will face either Italian world number 74 Stefano Travaglia or Japanese world number 35 Kei Nishikori in the third round.
Travaglia has just taken the first set in that match.
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That final point, an incredible backhand from Nadal, what a shot to finish on! It’s exciting for the second week of the tournament that we will have these exciting match-ups, Thiem, Djokovic, Wawrinka and Nadal all looking in good form.
Nadal replaces his shirt with a white jacket and sorts out his shoelaces before he steps up for his on-court interview.
A slow hand-clap starts from the crowd as they build up to the big moment.
Nadal finishes things off with a flourish, whipping a lovely backhand winner. It lands on the line and he removes his headband in a business-like manner.
Third round here he comes.
A solid rally from McDonald, but his shot lands wide and gives Nadal an in at 15-30.
The American slaps a backhand into the net and Nadal hastwo match points.
Will Nadal push for a break or wait to win on his service game?
He looks like he wants to wrap things up as quickly as possible as an aggressive return forces McDonald’s forehand into the net.
The next return is a little too aggressive, though, and lands out. 15-15.
The sun is finally shining on Phillipe Chatrier and Nadal adds a bit of heat for his opponent too as he sends McDonald running back and forth across the baseline.
Nadal holds again as the American’s serve return loops wide.
Someone in the crowd has decided McDonald needs a bit more pep.
A cry of “allez, allez” rings out as the American prepares to serve.
And it does the trick. McDonald lands two smashes and gets a big cheer for each one.
Nadal’s forehand lands wide, then McDonald double faults but recovers with a delightful drop-shot.
He’s playing his best tennis of the match so far, but two sets and a break down against Nadal is probably not a very useful time to do that.
The warm glow of McDonald’s service hold quickly dissipates as Nadal holds to love. Two games away from victory now.
McDonald gets a round of applause as his first ace of the match zips down the centre of the court.
Another impressive serve prompts a backhand return into the net from Nadal and McDonald has two points to win his third game of the match.
He seals it on the first go. Still a break down in this third set, but any game you win off Rafa in Paris is a victory.
McDonald looks tempted to smash his racquet on the floor as another shot finds its way into the net. He pulls back just in time, though.
Nadal lands another forehand winner in the corner – McDonald must be sick of the sight of those.
A serve out wide followed by a measured volley seals the hold.
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McDonald’s body language is completely understandable, this much be pretty painful. He must be pretty despondent.
Nadal is better in every area, McDonald cannot pick an area where he can think ‘yeah, I matched him on that’. It’s almost like it’s a different sport being played at the other end of the court.
McDonald attempts a backhand slice but its off-target and Nadal gets his first break of the third (and probably final) set.
McDonald looks on track for another hold at 30-15 but he can’t really decide where to place his forehand and it lands mid-court. As you’d expect, Nadal passionately attacks it and wins the point.
Another forehand lands precisely on the baseline and brings upbreak point.
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Nadal is so incredibly aggressive. His ball just jumps and keeps moving away from the player, he just has so much spin on it.
He may have managed a hold, but a break is still firmly out of McDonald’s reach
Nadal comes to the net and lands a smash to bring up two game points. He claims the first as McDonald’s forehand sails wide.
Nadal passes McDonald at the net to go 30-15 up. The American hits an angled volley and Nadal cannot get his return over the net.
McDonald gets his opponent on the move again and, after a 21-shot rally, it pays off.
A backhand winner in the corner and HE HAS WON A GAME. It’s been a while, but that must feel good.
Nadal reties his headband and heads to the baseline in search of victory.
McDonald is looking pretty moody. It’s not been the most fun day out for the American.
Poor Kiki Bertens. She was in tears in pain at the end of her victory over Sara Errani and has now left the court in a wheelchair. It seems like it’s cramp, let’s hope it’s nothing more serious than that for the Dutch fifth seed.
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