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French Open: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic progress with ominous ease

• 2016 champion Djokovic routs João Sousa 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
• Nine-time winner Nadal beats Robin Haase by same scoreline

Of the many qualities great athletes share, ruthlessness is among the most apparent. When Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round of the French Open on day four, almost in tandem on the two principal stages, they crushed their opponents with such familiar ease that it seemed a shame only one of them can reach the final.

If they do meet to decide who is strongest on the opposite side of the draw to Andy Murray, who plays Martin Klizan on Thursday, it looks likely they will leave a trail of bruised spirits behind them.

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