Preparation hasn’t been perfect: Rafael Nadal after recording 300th Grand Slam match win, 107th at French Open


Rafael Nadal will meet Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands in the third round of the French Open. For the Spaniard, a potential quarter-final looms against Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal celebrating his second round win at the French Open. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rafael Nadal will meet Botic van de Zandschulp in third round
  • Nadal secured his 300th Grand Slam match win and 107th at French Open
  • A potential quarter-final looms between Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal breezed past France’s Corentin Moutet 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to secure his 300th Grand Slam match win and 107th at the French Open.

The Spaniard has booked his spot in th French Open third round and will meet Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands.

Nadal’s preparations were hampered due to a rib injury and a foot problem ahead of the clay major event. Although the Spaniard was not keen to talk about his physical condition, he said after the match. “Preparation hasn’t been perfect, so I didn’t expect a perfect start to the tournament.”

“But it has been going quite well. I am positive about the things that I did out there tonight. Of course, there is room to improve and I need to improve if I want to keep having chances to go deeper.”

The 21 Grand Slam champion has won 13 trophies on clay. In spite of his injuries, he was at his usual best in the first two matches the 2022 edition.

“I can’t try to go very deep in a tournament if I’m worried about my physical issues every single day,” he stressed. “So if something happens, I am gonna accept it. But for the moment I am focused on the tennis.”

For Nadal, who will turn 36 next week, a potential quarter-final looms against the defending champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic, who defeated Nadal in the semi-final last year.

Nadal lifted the Australian Open 2022 trophy earlier this year after coming from behind to beat Daniil Medvedev of Russia 2-6, 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in the final which lasted over five hours.



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