Paris, France - Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal, last years runner-up David Ferrer and British star Andy Murray were a trio of easy second-round winners Thursday at the French Open. Avalanche Jerseys 2021 . Watch live coverage now on TSN and TSN GO. The world No. 1 superstar Nadal whipped young rising Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 on Court Chatrier. The 20-year-old Thiem is the youngest player in the mens top 100. "His ball is so high he was able to hit strong he has completely everything to become a champion," Nadal said of Thiem. "I think today I played a solid match, I knew that if I didnt I would be in trouble." Nadal improved to 61-1 lifetime at Roland Garros, where he beat Ferrer in last years all-Spanish final for a fourth straight title in the French capital. The 27-year-old Nadal is trying to become the first man in tennis history to win five straight French Open championships. Hes captured 44 clay-court titles, placing him second in the Open Era behind only Argentine great Guillermo Vilas (46). The reigning French and U.S. Open titlists third-round opponent will be Argentine Leonardo Mayer. Meanwhile, a fifth-seeded Ferrer won for the eighth time in nine matches at the French with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 spanking of Italian Simone Bolelli and the seventh-seeded reigning Wimbledon champion Murray blew past Aussie Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. Ferrer improved to 13-0 all-time against qualifiers at Grand Slams and reached the third round at Roland Garros for the 10th straight year. Ferrers third-round opponent will be Italian Andreas Seppi. "I am ready for the next round and was very happy with my performance, especially with my consistency," Ferrer said. Twelfth-seeded French favorite Richard Gasquet moved on with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 decision against Argentine Carlos Berlocq. No. 19 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa advanced by beating French wild card Axel Michon 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, while 26th seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain lost 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to American fellow left-hander Donald Young, 28th-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber erased Uzbekistans Denis Istomin 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, and a 32nd-seeded Seppi dismissed Argentine Juan Monaco 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. "I have actually never won a match outside of the U.S. on red clay," Young said. "So to win two here at the French Open, it means a lot." A rare all-American French Open matchup saw Jack Sock pounce all over two-time NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2. Also on Day 5, the aforementioned Mayer doused Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez topped Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0; Serb Dusan Lajovic drubbed Estonian Jurgen Zopp 6-2, 6-4, 6-4; and 6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic doused Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Karlovic was a clay court runner-up in Germany last week.Colorado Avalanche Shirts . Toronto FC hosts the three-time Italian league champions in a friendly Aug. 7 at BMO Field, a game that Roma CEO Italo Zanzi said falls within a key part of their pre-season. Avalanche Jerseys China . Huntington doesnt want to help run the club unless Hurdle is in the dugout. The combination thats returned the franchise to respectability will remain intact for years to come.With the NHL Draft coming up on June 27 and free agency opening on July 1, discussions between NHL general managers will be heating up over the month of June. Each day this month, TSN.ca will provide the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. Centre Market Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail reports the Anaheim Ducks will likely be in the market for one of the top three centres expected to be available via trade this off-season in Jason Spezza, Ryan Kesler, and Joe Thornton. 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Minor Changes Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports the Chicago Blackhawks are likely to stay the course with their roster this off-season save for a few minor changes. Shinzawa reports the Blackhawks could be looking for a taker for winger Kris Versteeg, who was a healthy scratch in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final, and will be looking for a replacement for centre Michal Handzus. ' ' '
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