Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal reached the second round of Roland Garros on Monday without any problems. Djokovic won in three sets (6-3, 6-1 and 6-0) against the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka and Nadal was too strong for the Australian Jordan Thompson in three sets earlier in the day: 6-2, 6-2 and 6 -2.
After just under two hours, the first-seeded Djokovic finished it on the first match point against the number 99 in the world. For the Serb, who won Roland Garros for the second time last year, it was his first appearance at a Grand Slam tournament this year.
That was because the world number one by the Australian authorities was not allowed to participate in the Australian Open earlier this year, as a result of which he was unable to defend his title there. He also did not play at the Masters tournaments in the United States. He recently won the Masters tournament in Rome.
Djokovic will face the winner of the match between Slovakian Alex Molcan and Argentinian Federico Coria in the second round. He will likely be back in action on Wednesday.
Rafael Nadal convincingly reached the second round at Roland Garros.
Nadal has nothing to fear from Thompson
Nadal won the service game seven times against Thompson, the world number 82, who at times made a distraught impression. The global number five barely made any unnecessary mistakes and let his opponent – who knocked another ball out of the stadium out of frustration – work for every point.
In the entire match, Nadal only had a lesser phase in the second set and was broken once. After more than two hours, the 21-time Grand Slam winner used his first Machpoint: after a long rally, Thompson made a mistake with his backhand.
Nadal, 35, has arrived in Paris without winning a title during the clay-court season. At the beginning of this month, he suffered a foot problem at the Masters tournament in Rome and lost in the third round. This made it uncertain whether the thirteen-time Roland Garros winner would participate in the French capital.
Last year, Nadal lost to Djokovic in the semifinals at Roland Garros. This year, the Serb and the Spaniard can already meet in the last eight.
American Brandon Nakashima dealt with Pole Kamil Majchrzak (6-4, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3) and 6-2) in five sets on Monday and will face Tallon in the second round on Wednesday. Greek Railway. Van de Zandschulp faces Italian Fabio Fognini in the second round.