US Open: Rafa Nadal crushes Rogerio Dutra Silva in second round
Last Updated: 30/08/13 9:33am
Rafa Nadal: In ominous form in New York
Rafa Nadal continued his unbeaten run on hardcourts this year with a 6-2 6-1 6-0 mauling of Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil at the US Open.
Nadal has won all 17 of his matches on cement this year, and he looked in supreme form as he marched into the third round in just 92 minutes.
He has won titles in Indian Wells, Montreal and Cincinnati on cement already in 2013 as he continues his extraordinary comeback from a serious knee injury.
The Spaniard missed seven months of last year because of the injury, but he was won nine titles since his return, with an overall record of 55-3.
And with Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in the other half of the draw, Nadal appears to have a relatively straightforward run to the final.
The second seed will next face Ivan Dodig of Croatia, a 6-1 6-4 6-4 winner against Russian Nikolay Davydenko.
Silva had earned his shot at Nadal with a stunning display of grit against Canada's Vasek Pospisil. He had saved an astonishing seven match points - the most in the ATP Tour this season - before closing out the decisive tie-break 12-10.
"When you are coming back after hard times, after an injury...you need to work hard. You need to work with the right attitude every day."
Nadal gave the Brazilian no room to escape, however, ripping 30 winners past him.
And Nadal said overcoming adversity was enormously satisfying.
"When you are coming back after hard times, after an injury...you need to work hard. You need to work with the right attitude every day," he said.
"You need to be ready to suffer, to enjoy the suffering, and to be able to change the situation.
"When you are in a low position, low situation, you are able to work to change that dynamic because you really feel the love for sport, the passion for sport.
"After overcoming a tough situation, then you are ready to compete better than before. That's something that I am sure. All my life I played with a lot of passion. I love the sport. I love the competition.
"So I feel very lucky and very happy to be back on the tour and playing well again."