Tennis: Tennis-Nadal destroys Thompson to reach French Open second round

PARIS (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal confirmed no indicators of ache because the 13-time French Open champion marched into the second round at Roland Garros with scientific 6-2 6-2 6-2 demolition of Australian Jordan Thompson on Monday.

The Spaniard, who had by no means arrived in Paris as unprepared as this 12 months after a rib harm and a continual foot downside hampered the build-up to his beloved Grand Slam event, was by no means bothered on a cold court docket Philippe Chatrier.

“It’s unimaginable for me to play right here once more on Chatrier. I’m proud of this win. First round is at all times particular,” stated Nadal.

The 35-year-old, who has a file 21 males’s Grand Slam titles to his title, performed down the probabilities of including to his tally however his show was paying homage to these of earlier years.

Nadal broke for 2-1 with a backhand volley winner and his huge forehand helped him shortly transfer 4-1 up towards an overwhelmed opponent.

The fifth seed appeared to end off some factors shortly and made a number of uncommon unforced errors, however they had been of little consequence as he breezed by means of the opening set.

Nadal broke serve within the first sport of the second set and once more within the fifth and seventh as he began to play extra neatly, bagging it with a service winner.

Thompson, who pulled a break again, appeared fully worn out by then however managed to maintain it collectively till 2-2, when Nadal broke with a forehand volley and received all the remainder of the video games.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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