The 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal powered Australian Jordan Thompson for a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory within the first spherical on the Roland Garros, marking his 299th Grand Slam win on Monday.
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The Spaniard will now search to hitch Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic within the 300-plus membership in a second-round assembly with French wild card Corentin Moutet.
Nadal spoke of a power foot harm hampering his motion in a third-round defeat to Denis Shapovalov in Rome simply 10 days in the past, however the Spaniard’s motion and all-round recreation appeared in nice working order in a two-hour, two-minute victory on Court docket Philippe Chatrier.
Thompson reached the third spherical at Roland Garros in 2019 however was unable to counter Nadal’s brutal groundstrokes of their second tour-level assembly.
Nadal broke Thompson’s serve seven instances within the match as he discovered an excellent rhythm on his acquainted rasping forehand all through. It was not a flawless efficiency from the Spaniard, whose stage lapsed within the second set as Thompson battled to his solely break of the match for 2-4. Nevertheless, it was solely a minor blip for the 21-time Grand Slam winner, who will likely be happy together with his first-round outing as he seeks a second main title of the 12 months.
Nadal struck 27 winners to Thompson’s 14, an indication of his baseline dominance, however the Spaniard was additionally efficient coming ahead. He received 75 per cent (12 out of 16) of factors on the internet as he regularly hurried his opponent into errors.
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