Nadal roars into fourth round over Dodig

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Second-seeded Rafael Nadal extended his 2013 hard court record to 18-0 with a 6-4 6-3 6-3 battering of Ivan Dodig of Croatia yesterday that sent the Spaniard into the fourth round of the US Open.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Nadal, the undisputed King of Clay after winning his eighth French Open earlier this year on the red clay of Roland Garros, continued to show his hard court prowess as he ran the dogged Dodig relentlessly on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 2010 US Open winner smacked 37 winners in the two-hour eight-minute victory, nearly double the number registered by Dodig, and showed his versatility by winning 14-of-17 forays to the net set up by his ferocious groundstrokes.

Nadal will play either 13th-seeded American John Isner or Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany for a berth in the quarter-finals.

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