Paris (AP) — Rafael Nadal has reached the second round of the French Open with all illnesses. And he won an overwhelming victory, arousing an illusion about the possibility of becoming the 14th champion in the Clay Grand Slam.
Nadaru swept Australia’s Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 on Monday with a comfortable 2 hour 2 minute grind.RELATED
The Spanish star won the 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. This is a man’s record and starts the season. The dedication left Nadaru in front of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on a historic table.
However, he only returned to the truck after suffering from a rib disease that abused him from the end of March.
Chronic pain in his left leg, an injury that prevented him from participating in the Wimbledon and US Open, also surfaced.
The same illness affected him during his defeat at Clay Court in Rome earlier this month. Nadaru had no worries about admitting that he was playing over the pain.
“It was definitely a difficult moment for me, and it doesn’t change anything I said,” Nadal said. “At this point in my career, I don’t have to hide anything or come here to play a cat or mouse. It wasn’t the heat right now, and I keep it. I have my doctor here and I have the potential to help me compete. “
Novak Djokovic waited seven and a half months to resume the Grand Slam match. He was also wiped out within two hours.
The world’s number one started defending the title in France, dispatching Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-1 and 6-0 to 18-0 in the first round of the tournament.
Serbian stars had to play under the roof of Philippe Chatelier Stadium on Monday night due to the rain.
Djokovic, who turns 35 on Sunday, is aiming for his third title in Paris, catching Nadaru at the greatest major table ever.
He has been out of the majors since losing to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final in September. This was a setback that prevented the man from completing his first Grand Slam in the same year since 1969.
Djokovic was excluded from the Australian Open last January because he had not been vaccinated with COVID-19.
Nadaru failed to meet the ideal schedule before Roland Garros. He abandoned his promises in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. He reappeared in Madrid, where he played against teen Carlos Alcaraz, a so-called alternative to Spanish tennis, in Madrid’s quarterfinals. And finally, the discomfort he aired after falling to Denis Shapovalov in Rome.
“Of course, I’m more confident when I win Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome,” Nadal said of his turbulent season in Clay. “I was injured (in Rome). That’s it. What happened is in the past and I’m here … We’re here in Roland Garros. We’re here to do our best. “
“I have to accept the moment and do my best. Let’s see how far I can go,” he added.
Nadaru has Corentin Moutet as his rival. The wildcard French defeated the 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
“How confident am I? I don’t know what would have happened without an injury. We never know. I’m a person who thinks too much about what could and couldn’t be done. No … It’s a dangerous word to say “it would have been”.
Ascending Argentine Sebastian Baez (36th in the ranking) defeated Serbian Dusan Lajović 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to win his first French Open main draw. rice field.
Baez will face the third seed, Alexander Zverev of Germany.
After rushing into the main draw as a lucky loser in Paris, Argentina’s Pedro Cachín won Slovakia 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Kachin hasn’t played the main draw match on the ATP Tour for over two years.
Argentina’s Santiago Rodriguez Taverna put the 13th seed, American Taylor Fritz, in a tight spot, leading to the maximum number of sets. However, Indian Wells Champion Fritz won 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.