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Rafael Nadal: ‘I Wish I Could Come To Paris With More Confidence’

Rafael Nadal: ‘I Wish I Could Come To Paris With More Confidence’… Rafael Nadal came to Roland Garros without winning an ATP title on clay during the spring, only for the third time since 2005.

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Rafael Nadal: 'I Wish I Could Come To Paris With More Confidence'

 Struggling with injuries, Rafa skipped Monte Carlo and Barcelona and scored only three wins in Madrid and Rome.

Thus, the Spaniard traveled to Paris with dark clouds over his head and question marks about his foot. Rafa admitted he would have loved to win some of the four mentioned tournaments ahead of Roland Garros, as it usually gives him confidence.

Still, he is ready to fight for every victory at his beloved Major, especially after making a convincing start. Rafa kicked off the campaign with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Jordan Thompson in two hours and two minutes, serving well and keeping the pressure on the other side.

The Spaniard faced Corentin Moutet in the second round and toppled the Frenchman 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in the night session on Court Philippe-Chatrier. It was Nadal’s 300th victory at Majors, becoming the third player to achieve that after Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

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Rafa got broken twice and delivered seven breaks from 12 opportunities to sail into the third round. Rafa fired 27 winners and 22 unforced errors and forged the victory in the mid-range exchanges from five to eight shots. He had the upper hand in the shortest rallies, and Moutet only stayed in touch in the most advanced ones.

The Spaniard grabbed an early break in the encounter’s second game after Moutet’s double fault. Both players served well after that, and Nadal held at 30 in game nine for 6-3 in 41 minutes. Rafa fired a forehand crosscourt winner in the second set’s first game for an early lead.

 

Rafael Nadal is through to the third round in Paris.

He broke again at 2-0 with a forehand down the line winner and forged a 4-0 advantage. Rafa placed a drop shot winner in the seventh game to deliver his third break and open a 6-3, 6-1 lead in 80 minutes.

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Corentin broke at the beginning of the third set and forged a 2-0 lead. He netted a forehand in the fourth game to lose serve and bring Rafa back to 2-2. Both players served well in the next three games, and Nadal built the advantage with a break at love in game eight after a volley winner at the net.

The Spaniard served for the victory at 5-3 but netted a backhand to get broken. Corentin got a second chance, but he failed to use it, as Rafa broke him at 15 in game ten to seal the deal. “The confidence is higher when you win Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, or Rome; it’s easy to understand.

When you are winning more matches and tournaments, your confidence grows. The opponents feel that too, and you are more used to the level you need to play to score victories. When this is not the case, things are different. But I never expected to be winning 15 titles in Monte Carlo and Rome, so that’s the situation today.

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I got injured, and that’s it. I left that in the past, and I’m here in Paris to try my best. I do not know how things would have looked if I had not gotten injured. I have to accept the situation, put in all my effort and get better as the tournament goes on,” Rafael Nadal said.

 

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