Flawless Nadal races into French Open second round
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) - There were glimpses of the vintage Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard started his quest for a record-breaking 10th French Open title in merciless fashion, demolishing Australian Sam Groth 6-1 6-1 6-1 on Tuesday.
The fourth seed, who will play either Argentine Facundo Bagnis or French qualifier Kenny de Schepper in the second round, played flawless tennis, making only three unforced errors in a one-sided match.
Nadal, who turns 30 next week, has won two titles on clay this season, including the Monte Carlo Masters.
He ended his opponent's misery with a trademark crosscourt forehand winner on his second match point on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
"It's obvious that was a good start for me. The most important thing I had to do today was to return well and then I was playing with not many mistakes," Nadal, who his first French Open title in 2005, told a news conference.
"I think it's obvious that the opponent plays better on faster surfaces."
While he served 10 aces, Groth also made nine double faults as he failed to unsettle a rock-solid Nadal under threatening skies.
Nadal used his usual powerful top-spin to overwhelm his opponent who did not get a single break point. Continued...