Rafael Nadal through but fails to convince at French Open

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Rafael Nadal enjoyed a smoother ride after his opening match malaise with a 7-5 6-3 7-6 win over fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar in the French Open second round today.

The world number one was given a severe fright on Tuesday when taken to five sets for the first time at Roland Garros by big-serving American John Isner.

Doubts still lingered about his form today in the heavy and blustery Paris air but the champion's battling qualities could never be questioned after saving seven set points in the third against a tricky opponent.

The top seed, bidding for his sixth title in seven years here, broke for 4-2 in the first set and and came back from 0-40 down at 5-3 in the second.