Rafael Nadal began in excellent way the tournament in Rome. In a match of the second round, the Spaniard won with 6:2, 6:0 over the first rocket of Turkey Marsel Ilhan in over an hour.
Nadal, who played in the final of the tournament in Madrid last week (lost by Murray), will try to reach the final in Rome for the 10th time in the last 11 years.
The Spaniard has recorded 15 wins and 4 losses on clay this season, which is his weakest performance on clay from 2003.
On the 1/8 finals, Rafael Nadal will face John Isnar, whom he defeated a few weeks ago in Monte Carlo. They have played 5 times against each other, but Isnar never won over the Spaniard, but in 3 cases had reached a decisive set.