PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal Hurries Into Second Round Of Roland Garros

(AP) Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal begun his Roland Garros campaign with 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Sam Groth in 80 minutes on Suzanne-Lenglen Court on Tuesday. He played flawless tennis throughout, making only three unforced errors in a one-sided match.

Rafa ended his opponent’s misery with a trademark crosscourt forehand winner on his second match point.

After the match, Rafa said:

It’s obvious that this was a good start for me. The most important thing I had to do was return well, and then play without too many mistakes. It’s obvious that this opponent plays better on faster surfaces. In general I played a solid match. Feeling the support of the crowd was is always special for me here, so thank you to them for that.

Our champ next faces either Facundo Bagnis of Argentina or French qualifier Kenny de Schepper.


Leave a Reply