Despite dropped serve within the opening recreation in opposition to Dutch participant Botic Van de Zandschulp, Nadal, who had simply received his three hundredth Grand Slam match within the final spherical broke serve within the second recreation and dominated the primary set 6-3.
The King of Clay confronted little opposition within the second set, main 5-0 earlier than profitable 6-2.
Nadal received the primary 4 video games of the third set, however Van de Zandschulp received the subsequent three. The two then received a recreation respectively, with Nadal main 5-4. In the tenth recreation, though the Dutchman saved a match level, Nadal, who was serving, scored two straight factors to seal the victory.
In the subsequent spherical, Nadal will face Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, who’s coached by Nadal’s uncle Toni Nadal.
“He (Toni Nadal) is a professional and he is with another player. I don’t know what’s going to happen if he’s going to stay in the box or not, but I don’t care. I have zero problems with that. So it’s not a story at all for me,” mentioned Nadal.
Defending champion Djokovic rapidly took management after 2-2 within the first set, beating Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. The Serbian is aiming to retain his title in Paris after he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to seize his second Roland Garros crown final 12 months.
In the night session, Spanish starlet Alcaraz defeated Sebastian Korda 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Since Novak Djokovic in 2006, the 19-year-old participant grew to become the youngest participant to achieve the fourth spherical of the French Open.
“It’s amazing to play in such a great atmosphere. I think the people enjoyed the match and I’m glad to play in front of such a good crowd,” mentioned Alcaraz.
“In the early matches, I’m trying to have fun out there. I love playing tennis and playing on these courts, so I’m enjoying every second,” he added.
In the second spherical of ladies’s doubles, Zhang Shuai and Caty McNally defeated Aldila Sutjiadi and Miyu Kato in two straight units. China’s Han Xinyun and Zhu Lin received the primary set 6-0 over Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko however have been eradicated after dropping the subsequent two units.