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Rafael Nadal beats Jordan Thompson to reach the French Open second round

Rafael Nadal begins his quest to win the French Open by beating Jordan Thompson in straight sets to reach the second round at Roland Garros, as he puts his troubled preparation behind him to set a score.

  • Rafael Nadal beat Jordan Thompson to reach the second round of the French Open
  • His troublesome preparation aside, Nadal floored his opponent in straight sets.
  • He showed few signs of weakness and left Thompson exhausted with his speed.
  • Nadal will face wild card Corentin Moutet in his bid for Roland Garros glory

Twenty-four hours after the young prince made an impressive debut with Philippe Chatrier, the king delivered his reply.

Preparing for this tournament has been the story of two Spaniards: 19-year-old phenom Carlos Alcaraz and 35-year-old Rafael Nadal.

On Sunday, Alacaraz was initially hesitant, but eventually unraveled when he beat Juan Ignacio Londero. And Nadal left behind a rather troublesome preparation for this tournament by beating Australian Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 on the same court.

Rafael Nadal beat Jordan Thompson in straight sets to reach the second round of the French Open

Rafael Nadal beat Jordan Thompson in straight sets to reach the second round of the French Open

Alcaraz has dominated the clay court season so far, winning in Barcelona and Madrid. Nadal was one of his victims in the Madrid quarterfinals and then lost in Rome, citing a foot problem. So he came to Paris without a clay court title for only the second season of his career.

So Nadal, with 13 titles here, is the king of the past, while Alcaraz is surely the future. What will unfold over the next two weeks is a battle for the present.

The man who stands the most in the way of a blockbuster Iberian clash in Paris is Novak Djokovic, who was playing his first round in the evening session.

Superstar Nadal put aside his troubled preparation to make his mark at Roland Garros

Superstar Nadal put aside his troubled preparation to make his mark at Roland Garros

If the results are good, Nadal would have to beat his great Serbian rival to break through and face Alcaraz in the semi-final.

Djokovic would start as a slight favorite in such a clash, but Nadal showed few signs of weakness on Monday.

The laborious movement he displayed in Rome when the pain in his foot bit into him was nowhere to be seen and he returned to his best running form.

Thompson, with a big mustache, was hiding out of nowhere in a tough loss for him.

Thompson, with a big mustache, was hiding out of nowhere in a tough loss for him.

Aside from a loose game that was broken in the second set, he was rock solid and will face French wild card Corentin Moutet in the second round.

Thompson, with the big mustache, was hiding out of nowhere and seemed to know it. After a play in which Nadal ran from prop to prop before hitting a deft game winner, Thompson collapsed at the net in exhaustion.

It was an image to summarize what it feels like to play against Nadal on this court.

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