Defending champion Rafael Nadal celebrated his birthday in style by beating Richard Gasquet 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 in the second round of the French Open on Thursday. Rafa’s straight-sets victory took his record against Gasquet at tour level to 17-0. Our champ is now 16-2 on clay this season and is on a 32-match winning streak on Paris’ terre battue.
“The important thing is winning the matches. If it’s in straight sets it’s better,” said Rafa.
“I don’t complain at all, the main thing is to feel myself playing well.”
“I think that I played an amazing first set. A great one and I don’t feel that Richard was playing that badly in the first set to have that score. I didn’t miss balls and I was hitting the right spots all of the time.
“Then, the second was a little bit different. I had a set point at 5-2 and I think that I didn’t play a good game with my serve. I suffered against a great player like Richard, but was happy to win that set. After that, I was a little bit more under control.”
Rafa will next meet Cameron Norrie, who came from a set down to beat South Africa’s Lloyd Harris.