Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal has eased past Cameron Norrie in straight sets to book his place in the fourth round at Roland Garros. Norrie put up a decent fight against the 13-time champion but eventually succumbed to a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 defeat. That’s the 16th time Nadal has gone into the round of 16.
After the match, Rafa said:
“It’s a pleasure for me to be back playing at Roland Garros, it doesn’t matter which court it is, it’s fantastic for me.
“He [Norrie] is having the best season of his career, winning plenty of matches … he’s won a lot of matches this year … but I found a way to be through, that’s the most important thing for me … I was able to win in straight sets, and that’s so important for me.
“It is true that for the last year and a half it has been difficult for every player, although I didn’t play so much. Those who have been travelling week after week without the chance to have family and full team with them is very tough. They have been challenging conditions. For me it is very important to have the team and family behind me, because of them I am what I am today. I’m happy to have crowds, that is so important for us.”
Our champ will face next Italian 18th seed Jannik Sinner for the second year in a row at Roland Garros after beating him in the quarter-finals last year.