Nikoloz Basilashvili - Rafael Nadal
French Open men - 2 June 2017
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Round of 16 opponent for Nadal - Roberto Bautista Agut.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 1-6 0-6 NADAL: Rafael Nadal glances up at the sky - there's a noisy aircraft as well as thunder and lightning rolling around. 90 minutes since the match started - bagel, breadstick, bagel for the magnificent Spaniard.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 1-6 0-5 NADAL: Unforced forehand errors from Basilashvili give Nadal a simple break as the ground staff hover.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 1-6 0-4 NADAL: Nadal is love-40 down and comes back from it. He's seriously just toying with this match now.
Scattering of rain now - Nadal will want to get this done very quickly.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 1-6 0-3 NADAL: Nadal is ripping across court like it's easy. Another break.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 1-6 0-2 NADAL: Basilashvili's forehand has crumbled now - it looked like it might prove useful in the first set but Nadal holds comfortably.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 1-6 0-1 NADAL: There's an air of excitement when the Georgian looks like holding serve, but he seems to panic and misses his simple shots, which Nadal is happy to capitalise on. Still, Basilashvili has given us the quickest serve of the match so far, so that's something for him, I suppose.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 1-6 NADAL: Nadal, having conceded a single game with his foot slightly off the pedal, finishes off the second set with aplomb. Again, Basilashvili isn't playing that badly - but what can you do against the king of clay?
BASILASHVILI 0-6 1-5 NADAL: And the crowd goes wild!
BASILASHVILI 0-6 0-5 NADAL: Nadal isn't even looking at Basilashvili between points. His head is down and he is focused solely on himself.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 0-4 NADAL: There's a groan as Nadal breaks again, because it looked for maybe three minutes like Basilashvili might get a game on the board. No such possibility against Nadal on this form.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 0-3 NADAL: Nadal gets scolded for taking his time, then Basilashvili riles the always-edgy Chatrier crowd by going to change his racket. It doesn't change his luck.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 0-2 NADAL: Nadal suddenly steps up the speed of his shots in the middle of a rally, and once again leaves his opponent lost. A break to love.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 0-1 NADAL: Hold to love to start the second set. Nadal is not hanging about.
BASILASHVILI 0-6 NADAL: A bagel opening set for Rafael Nadal in TWENTY-THREE MINUTES. This is just incredible. The Georgian can do nothing but stand and watch.
BASILASHVILI 0-5 NADAL: Basilashvili manages two points on the Nadal serve, so the Spaniard just steps it up to hold and he's looking at wrapping this first set up in just over 20 minutes. This is...impressive.
BASILASHVILI 0-4 NADAL: A couple of backhand errors from Nadal, but Basilashvili can't manage anything more than that. Another break.
BASILASHVILI 0-3 NADAL: A hold to love and it's difficult to see what Basilashvili is going to manage here. This is supreme from Rafa.
BASILASHVILI 0-2 NADAL: Oh, this is ominous. Basilashvili is still hitting well, but Nadal is just hitting better, booming the forehand down his throat.
BASILASHVILI 0-1 NADAL: Well, Basilashvili is getting his forehand to the Nadal serve but not winning too much on it.
Here we go, then. Nadal takes his time as he prepares to serve the first game.
A lovely welcome for Rafael Nadal, the king of clay, from the Chatrier crowd.