Second seed Rafa Nadal crushed Argentine Juan Monaco 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 to cruise into the quarter-finals of the 2012 French Open with a commanding and ominous victory in Paris.
The Spaniard won 17 games straight in the crushing triumph showing little on-count sympathy for his friend Monaco, as he moves closer to a record-breaking seventh Roland Garros title.
The game only last one hour and 46 minutes and Nadal was delighted with his form afterwards, and had some off-court sympathy for the Argentine.
“I am very happy with the way I played afterwards. I feel very, very sorry for him. I think he’s playing probably the best tennis of his career, but probably not today,” Nadal said.
He continued: “I shouldn’t have this type of score against one of the best players in the world.
“I saw him suffer a little bit on court at the end. He is one of my best friends on tour. I feel very sorry for him.”
Nadal’s next match will be against compatriot Nicolas Almagro, who disposed of Janko Tipsarevic, but has a 0-7 record against the second seed.
“It’s a very tough tournament, you see. So there is no moment when you could say, Oh, this player is playing well, and therefore this is going to continue,” Nadal insisted.
“When you reach the quarter-finals with my results, that is always something positive, that is true. These are the quarterfinals, and, okay, I have won quite easily. But I am not going to go through immediately to the semifinals. The most difficult thing is yet to come.”