RAFAEL NADAL and Novak Djokovic proved they imply enterprise by cruising into the French Open second spherical with comfy straight-sets victories.
On the Philippe-Chatrier Court docket at Roland Garros, the Spaniard started his mission for a document 12th French Open title with a 6-2 6-1 6-Three win over German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in slightly below two hours.
Nadal will eclipse the achievement of 11 Australian Open titles gained by Margaret Court docket if he succeeds in Paris per week on Sunday.
The 32-year-old will fancy his probabilities of reaching at the least the final eight with out dropping a set on his favorite floor given he has a comparatively straightforward quarter of the draw.
Nadal now performs Yannick Maden, one other German qualifier, within the second spherical of his 100th clay-court match.
He mentioned: “Properly, it was a primary spherical, and I did plenty of issues properly. Not many errors. Being very strong on a regular basis.
“This simply in fact is the start and the primary spherical is extra about speaking about what I’ve to do higher.
“What I did very properly is nearly common feeling, and common feeling have been optimistic this afternoon.
“Pleased to be by way of to the second spherical, and that’s the principle factor and with straight units, optimistic emotions. Simply joyful for that.
“Yearly is a brand new problem. It’s greater than new problem or not, yearly is a brand new problem.
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“And today I was able to win the first challenge, and after tomorrow I going to have the second challenge. That’s the only way.”
Djokovic, the world No1, showed no signs of rustiness as he walloped Pole Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-2 6-2 straight after Nadal’s match in one hour and 36 minutes.
The Serb has won the past three major titles – Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open – but he knows it’s increasingly likely he will have to beat Nadal in the French Open final if he is to hold all four slams at the same time.
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