(August 31, 2013) Rafael Nadal dismissed another opponent in straight sets on Saturday at the US Open and has now raised his hardcourt win streak to 18 with his 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 over Ivan Dodig in the third round.
The Spaniard ranked No. 2 in the world has lost just 21 games through three matches.
“I think I played a correct match today,” Nadal said. “Happy 6‑4, 6‑3, 6‑3 against a player who came to this tournament winning against tough opponents like Davydenko and Verdasco.
“To be able to win against him in straight sets is great news. I played better today than in the previous matches. Always a positive thing.”
No. 38 Dodig, who had beaten Nadal once in Montreal in 2011, failed to convert either of the two break points he had against Nadal.
“My motivation is keep playing for a long time,” Nadal said. “I don’t know if three, four, five, six years. I don’t know that. I go day by day.
“Important thing is be happy. I’m happy today.”
“I feel very happy to be in the round of 16. Be in fourth round is great news for me without losing a set.” Nadal will face-off against Philipp Kohlschreiber next.