Rafael Nadal Cruises Past Jordan Thompson at Roland Garros

13-times French Open champion Rafael Nadal led Australia’s Jordan Thompson to a 6-2 6-2 6-2 win in the first round at Roland Garros, marking his 299th Grand Slam win on Monday.

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The Spaniard will now be looking to join Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the 300-plus club in a second-round encounter with French wild card Corentin Moutet.

Nadal spoke of a chronic foot injury that hindered his movement in the third round loss to Denis Shapovalov in Rome only 10 days ago, but the Spaniard’s movement and the all-round match seemed to be in good working order in a victory that lasted two hours and two minutes. At the court of Philippe Chatrier.

Thompson reached the third round at Roland Garros in 2019, but was unable to handle Nadal’s heavy blows in their second tour-level encounter.

Nadal broke Thompson seven times in the match as he found good rhythm with his all-time familiar forehand. The Spaniard’s performance was not without flaws, whose form waned in the second set as Thompson struggled to score his only break in the match with a 2-4 score. However, it was just a minor moment for the 21-time Grand Slam winner, who will be delighted to be involved in the first round as he seeks a second title of the year.

Nadal hit 27 winners against 14 Thompson, in a sign of his primary dominance, but the Spaniard was also instrumental in going up. He won 75 percent (12 out of 16) of the points on the net because he often hurried his opponent to make mistakes.

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