Forehand could be better, says Nadal after win
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) - Chasing a record-extending 10th French Open crown on the back of his worst claycourt season since prevailing for the first time, Rafa Nadal acknowledged another weakness on Tuesday -- his best shot is not that solid.
The Spaniard, who before this year had always claimed a claycourt title in Europe on his way to Paris, eased past French teenager Quentin Halys with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 first-round win.
But Nadal, who now has a 67-1 record at Roland Garros, has problems with his forehand, the weapon that has crushed his rivals for more than a decade of domination on the slow surface.
"I try to practice more with my forehand. With my forehand I'm not as steady and consistent as in the past," he told a news conference.
"I'm suffering from a lack of stability with my shots but that's the way in tennis. You go through difficult moments."
Second-round opponent, compatriot Nicolas Almagro, should not rejoice too much though.
"I'm still a solid player," warned Nadal. "What is important is to handle the good moments but also the bad moments.
"Regarding my forehand...I didn't have any trouble. I don't think my forehand is bad. It's still good but with the forehand...I need to reach better targets. I'll try to better deliver my shots at Roland Garros." Continued...