NEW YORK (AP) - Rafael Nadal made quick work of his second-round opponent Thursday night at the U.S. Open, taking the final 12 games in his 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 victory over qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva.
Second-seeded Nadal improved to 17-0 on hard courts this year. He has lost 11 games in his first two matches at Flushing Meadows.
Dutra Silva made it into the main draw by winning a third-set tiebreaker in his final qualifying match. He saved seven match points and took a 12-10 fifth-set tiebreaker in the first round against Vasek Pospisil.
The Brazilian fought Nadal for a brief time and even had a break point in the second game of the second set.
But Nadal saved the break point, then closed out the first of the dozen straight games he won to close the match.
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