Nadal reaches next round of US Open/Photo: Getty Images

Top seed Rafael Nadal on Wednesday opened his final pre-French Open event with a 6-1 6-0 win over Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur to reach the Italian Open third round in Rome.

The former world number one, whose 21-match unbeaten run on clay ended last week, had a first-round bye and will play Denis Shapovalov or Robin Haase next.

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Nadal, who is aiming for an eighth title in the Italian capital, looked in imperious form as he saw off Dzumhur in just 61 minutes.

The Spaniard will reclaim the number one spot from Roger Federer should he win the title.