13-time champion Rafael Nadal started his 2021 Roland Garros campaign with a straight sets win. The third seed moved into the second round of the French Open on Tuesday, requiring two hours and 23 minutes to beat Australian Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(3). Our champ is now 101-2 on the Parisian clay.
After the match, Rafa said:
“He was hitting bombs. He is young and the speed of his ball is incredible. He is a fast runner and every time he went for the highest power possible. So it was a tough match. I found a way to win the third set, I don’t know how, but I’m happy.”
His next opponent will be Frenchman Richard Gasquet. The pair first played one another when they were children. As professionals, Rafa leads 16-0.