Great quote from Robin Haase.
Robin Haase - Rafael Nadal
French Open men - 31 May 2017
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VIDEO: Is this man on course for La Decima?
Rafael Nadal is very encouraged by his performance in beating Robin Haase at the French Open.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! - NADAL 6-1 6-4 6-3 HAASE. Rafa breaks again courtesy of a double fault and it's all done in one hour and 49 minutes. Bigger challenges are ahead, but Rafa 2017 looks in fine form as he bids for La Decima at Roland Garros.
NADAL 6-1 6-4 5-3 HAASE. Robin gives it everything - but it's still not enough. He jumps into a sumptuous crosscourt forehand winner to snare one of the points of the game, but a business-like Rafa takes it to 30 to move within one game of the victory.
NADAL 6-1 6-4 4-3 HAASE. The Dutchman stays in touch. Rafa still looking in fine fettle as he eyes the conclusion of this second round clash.
NADAL 6-1 6-4 4-2 HAASE. The King of Clay consolidates in style, slicing a delightful forehand dropshot on his way to a hold to 15.
BREAK! - NADAL 6-1 6-4 3-2 HAASE. It happens so often; after looking good in his return game, Haase comes unstuck. Nadal crunches a stonking forehand down the line and now has the break that should be the killer blow.
NADAL 6-1 6-4 2-2 HAASE. Haase finally poses a few questions of the Rafa serve, but he can't turn the screw enough for it to be telling. Nadal holds from 15-30 down to level.
NADAL 6-1 6-4 1-2 HAASE. Nice reaction from Haase after he caught the umpire with a miscue! It's early in a real tussle that fend off B from deuce and secure a hard-fought hold.
NADAL 6-1 6-4 1-1 HAASE. Too good. Rafa has been untroubled on serve all afternoon.
NADAL 6-1 6-4 0-1 HAASE. Great response from Haase. He's got the scoreboard advantage but perhaps more realistically, he is on the board and eager to prevent Rafa from running away with it.
SET! - NADAL 6-1 6-4 HAASE. The nine-time champion unleashes a brutal forehand to seal the two-set lead on the second of triple BP. Only one winner here. Just a case of how many games Haase gets now...
NADAL 6-1 5-4 HAASE. Robin with an assured service game. over to Rafa to serve out the set.
NADAL 6-1 5-3 HAASE. Another clinical hold from Rafa. The two-set lead is looming large on his horizon.
NADAL 6-1 4-3 HAASE. Robin with another accomplished hold, this time to 15. Rafa still in the driving seat but it's no longer something of a walkover.
NADAL 6-1 4-2 HAASE. Rafa is proving untouchable on serve. He holds to love to maintain his break advantage.
NADAL 6-1 3-2 HAASE. This is already a much better set for Haase. He stays in touch with a decent hold.
NADAL 6-1 3-1 HAASE. Nadal consolidates and is living up to the pre-tournament hype on this evidence.
BREAK! - NADAL 6-1 2-1 HAASE. A real pity for Haase. Rafa cranks up the heat and the Dutchman has no answer. The Spaniard is a set and a break to the good.
NADAL 6-1 1-1 HAASE. This is much better from the Dutch hopeful. He was blown away early on, but is at least attempting to mix it up. It's to no avail in the end as Nadal holds to 30, but there are signs Haase has it in him to avoid an embarrassing scoreline.
NADAL 6-1 0-1 HAASE. Robin gets off to a much better start to the second set. He keeps the rallies as short as possible and is helped by a couple of aces as he holds to 30.
SET! - NADAL 6-1 HAASE. Nadal clinches the opening set in just 26 minutes. It's a breadstick for the Spaniard. Haase already in damage limitation mode.
On the back of that game-winning point, here's a look at Rafa's brutal forehand in all its glory.
NADAL 5-1 HAASE. Rafa unloads a trademark forehand down the line to seal the double break from 30-40. The gulf in class is rather significant at this juncture. Haase looking at his box for inspiration but they look as flummoxed as him.
NADAL 4-1 HAASE. Normal service resumed as Nadal holds to love.
NADAL 3-1 HAASE. Robin will feel a whole lot better now. He's on the board and can now concentrate on trying to work his way into this match. Psychologically, the men's locker room are wary of what it means to take on a fully-fit Nadal on clay.
NADAL 3-0 HAASE. Rafa easily consolidates the break with a hold to 15.
BREAK! - NADAL 2-0 HAASE. Nadal's intensity written all of his face. He refuses to give Haase an easy ride, picking away at the Dutchman's serve before breaking from deuce. The perfect start for the King of Clay.
NADAL 1-0 HAASE. Rafa roars out of the traps to lead 40-0, but Haase gives him some food for thought by snaring two points back. The fourth seed is unfazed and clinches the next to ease onto the board.
Nadal will serve first as the second match of this year's quest for La Decima gets underway.
Next up on Chatrier, it's nine-time champion, Rafael Nadal against Holland's Robin Haase.