PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal races through first round of French Open in win over Yannick Hanfmann

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal stormed into the second round of the French Open with a bludgeoning 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Yannick Hanfmann on Monday afternoon.

Our champ did little wrong against the 27-year-old German qualifier as he improved to 87-2 lifetime on the Parisian clay, where he is attempting to lift a 12th trophy.

Rafa converted six of ten break points and saved all four break points while improving to 15-0 in the first round matches at the Roland Garros.

It’s always amazing to play here, the new Chatrier is very nice. It’s been an important place in my career.

I played a good tournament in Rome which was very important for my confidence. Now we’ll see.

The King of Clay will face another qualifier in either Yannick Maden or Kimmer Koppejans in the second round of the Roland Garros.


  1. It is a bit of a nuisance that out France TV 2 coverage of the R Garros starts at 14.55 ,it would be better at 14.00 after the news. 😕 Nadal s match today had just finished and they had an on court interview with him 😀 then. Fiona in Paris

  2. Congratulations Rafael! You are truly the king of clay! Good luck going towards your next match! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!

  3. I thought Yannick was a Breton name. Why are there suddenly so many German tennis players called Yannick, and why are they all playing Rafa 🙂 ??

  4. Congratulations Rafa well don you can do it the best clay court in the world 🌎 🎾🎾🎾💪💪💪❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘🌎

  5. Congratulations Rafa, a job well done!👍👏
    Can’t wait to see you in round number two, good luck!🍀❤️

  6. With his colouring, Rafa looks good in anything, but this pale lemon looks gorgeous on him.

    Best of luck, Rafa. If you play as great as you look, this should be no. 12.

    • Yes I have already told him I love lemon on him 😀it is my favorite colour . Bravo for today s match 😀 watched on France TV 2 , wished I was there 😕 I have my ticket for tomorrow. I also wrote to Rafa Bravo for the other Spanish players today 😀 and our French ones like Gasquet Mahut Herbert. Fiona in Paris

  7. Oops! “.. didn’t.. “

    (Where’s the correction button when you need it? 😄)


  8. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEISTY VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WI…………WI……….WI…………..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU PLAYED BRILLIANTLY SWEETHEART AND EVERYTHING YOU DID WAS STRONG AND COMMANDING AND MIGHTY HANDSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) LOVE HOW YOU TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS AND RIGHT TO THE POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU ROCK RAFA NADAL AND WE LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR MAGICAL TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOUR GORGEOUS EFFECTIVE SERVE AND ACES WERE AS BRIGHT AS ALL YOUR BLESSED MOVEMENT AND REACH AND NET MAGIC AND STRONG POWERFUL RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) ; ) ; ) AN EXTRAORDINARY RAFA NADAL DISPLAY WITH SO MUCH CLASS AND BEAUTY AND AGILITY AND PASSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART AND ENJOY CELEBRATING WITH YOUR LOVED ONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VERY HAPPY FOR YOU SWEETHEART AND WE ENJOYED YOUR FUN BRILLIANCE ON THE COURT VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOUR HARD WORK AND EFFORTS ARE SO SPECIAL SWEETHEART AND YOUR AMAZING FITNESS IS TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP STRONG AND MIGHTY IMPRESSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) GREAT MATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ENJOY EVERYTHING SWEETHEART AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL EVENING AND A GORGEOUS TIME IN PARIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) : ) THE FRENCH CROWD LOVES YOU AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL TO HEAR THEIR CHEERS AND ADMIRATION AND RESPECT FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) THE WELCOME THEY GAVE YOU AS YOU WALKED ONTO THE COURT WAS SO MOVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU BRING LOTS OF PLEASURE AND FUN TO SO MANY PEOPLE SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GREAT MATCH…………YOU HAD SO MANY BRIGHT RETURNS……LOVED YOUR NET MAGIC AND YOUR SHORT PARALLEL TO NET BACKHAND WINNING BALL………STUNNING WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE ALL YOU DO ION COURT AND THE WAY YOU ENTER THE STADIUM…..SO PRECIOUS AND STRONG AND POWERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART AND ENJOY YOUR GREAT VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE YOU AND SENDING LOTS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS AND VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) KEEP SMILING SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

    • Gees! “Fan love”, you almost need more space/don’t have enough space for typing. -Wow! 😳😜🤣 LOL! 😂

    • VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) BY THE WAY……IT WAS A BRILLIANT CROSS SHORT FOREHAND WINNER PARALLEL AT THE NET…….ONE OF YOUR GENIUS SPEEDY FLICK OF THE WRIST WINNER……….. : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) LOVE THE HIGHLIGHTS! : ) NOTICED THE GREAT RETURN BEHIND PLAYER WINNER : ) …………..XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX SO MANY BEAUTIFUL RETURNS SWEETHEART…..YOU ARE SO SPECAIL WITH YOUR MOVEMENT AND SPEED…………………..SUCH FITNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GOD BLESS YOU DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) SUCH TOUCH………………..CONGRATULATIONS ON EVERYTHING SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) OXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

  9. Bravo Rafa! 👏🏻🥰

    Keep it going champ 🎾💪🏼 – Best of luck 🍀🤞🏻😘

    Love the thumbs up and little smile 👍🏻😄 – Glad you’re ok and din’t hurt yourself in that fall 😲

    VAMOS! 😍👑

  10. Reserve your energy Rafa!😍 if you can finish them early- MUCH BETTER. YOURE NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER, remember. Would 💖 💗 💖 to see u holding your 12th FRENCH OPEN TROPHY. VAMOS CHAMP!!!

  11. Yannick H seems like a nice guy, wishing Rafa a good match and asking if he was OK when he slipped. Thanks goodness for that thumbs up! Well played Rafa!! Another Yannick next. Vamos!!

  12. Good start of the tournament. Happy for that. Take rest and than good luck for round number two. Vamos Rafa <3

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