“This Year is Special” – Rafael Nadal After His Opening Round Win at French Open 2020

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To topple the king, one needs an army comprising able soldiers. To topple the “King of Clay,” one needs to have all the necessary skills as well as a wealth of luck. Rafael Nadal started his French Open 2020 journey with a straight-set win against Egor Gerasimov of Belarus. The 12 times Roland Garros Champion outclassed the 27-year-old in the Philippe Chatrier Court in Paris.

The 34-year-old Spaniard is on his quest to clinch his 13th French Open title to take his Grand Slam tally to 20. However, it is anticipated that the run won’t be easy for Rafael Nadal. The tournament has been delayed due to the COVID-19 situation, the sun-baked clay court is damp owing to the rain, and the temperature is on the cooler side.

Keeping aside all the adversities, Nadal clinched his first win in the French Open 2020. The Belarusian was no match for the clay-court artisan who delivered a clinical performance.

The French Open has been the most special venue in his career. Undoubtedly, Nadal is happy to be back home.

We’re here to try our best and for me, this year is as special as everyone that I’m here in Roland Garros. I’m gonna try my best. Happy to be in the second round, a good start, and now is the moment to come back to the hotel and have a little practice for tomorrow and try to be ready for the second round,” he stated.

Rafael Nadal claims the first match in style

Going into the match, Nadal was the clear favorite to steer clear ahead of his opponent. Although Roland Garros has been the audience of some roller-coaster matches, it was a rather easy win for the World number 2.

Displaying his refined skill set, Nadal wasted no time in getting on top of his opponent. The message was loud and clear; he was here to win.

Nadal started off his journey with a 6-4 win over his opponent. Even though Gerasimov displayed some real intent, it faded away in front of the Spaniard. Nadal, who knows every nook and corner of Roland Garros, looked confident and in exquisite touch.

Rafael Nadal celebrates his win in the French Open 2020
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his first round match against Belarus’ Egor Gerasimov REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

His lethal service and strong returns did the job for him as he took the second set in a similar fashion. Two sets up, Nadal was going for the last lap to proceed to the second round.

While Egor gave some fight in the first two sets, Nadal drove the final nail on the coffin by claiming the final set 6-2.

The straight-set victory saw Nadal stride towards the second round, beaming with confidence. He’ll be facing Mackenzie McDonald of the United States in the second round.

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