PARIS — Rafael Nadal put on a stellar performance to secure his 300th Grand Slam match win on Wednesday, beating local hopeful Corinthian Moutet 6-3 6-1 6-4 to advance to the third round of the French Open.
Nadal has counted 13 Roland Garros titles out of his 21 majors – the highest among men – and despite his injuries in the claycourt tournament, he has seen his usual best in the first two rounds.
The Spaniard, whose preparation was hampered by a rib injury and leg problems, was reluctant to talk about his physical condition.
“I can’t try to go too deep into the tournament if I’m worried about my physical problems every day,” he told reporters.
“So if anything happens, I will accept it. But right now I’m focusing on tennis. “
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Next week, the 36-year-old Spaniard will next face Dutch 26th-seeded boutique van de Jandschalp, where there is a possibility of a possible quarter-final against world number one Novak Djokovic, who beat him in last year’s semifinals.
Playing under the light at Court Philippe Chatterjee, Nadal held Mwett in the first two sets with red clay paper with the winners from both his forehand and backhand.
In the first encounter of his career with the 23-year-old French wildcard, Nadal broke Moutet’s serve four times in the first two sets but unusual errors early in the third allowed his opponent to take a 2-0 lead.
Nadal took an immediate break, however, to serve the set back and after another exchange of breaks, the Spaniard broke Moutet again to seal the victory in his first match point.
“The preparation wasn’t perfect so I didn’t expect a perfect start to the tournament,” Nadal said.
“It simply came to our notice then. I’m positive about the things I’ve done there tonight. Of course, there is room for improvement, and I need to improve if I want to go deeper. ”
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