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Nadal cruises through at Rome Masters

Rafael Nadal is hitting top form in the run-up to the French Open in May.
Rafael Nadal is hitting top form in the run-up to the French Open in May.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Rafael Nadal beats Philipp Kohlshreiber to reach third round of Rome Masters.
  • The Spaniard wins 6-1 6-3 to stay on course for fifth Rome title in sixth years.
  • Robin Soderling and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez also reach third round.
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(CNN) -- Defending champion Rafael Nadal cruised into the third round of the clay-court Rome Masters event with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Philipp Kohlshreiber.

The world number three, seeking his fifth title in six years in the Italian capital, made just 11 unforced errors, compared to 28 by the German.

Nadal, 23, broke his opponent's serve twice in a one-sided first set.

The German world number 29 improved in the second set and missed a chance to take a 3-2 lead when he wasted his only break point of the match.

Nadal, who has only ever lost once at the Rome Masters, broke in the next game and pressed on to take the match.

Elsewhere, fifth seed Robin Soderling of Sweden beat Italian wild card Paolo Lorenzi 6-1 7-5 to reach the third round.

The Swede smashed 32 winners as he wrapped up victory in less than one and a quarter hours.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain also progressed with a 6-2 6-3 win over former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Lleyton Hewitt.

Second seed Novak Djokovic and fourth seed Andy Murray both reached the third round on Tuesday while world number one Roger Federer crashed out to Latvian Ernests Gulbis.