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Rafael Nadal crushes Yannick Hanfmann in straight sets to cruise in the second round of the French Open

Rafael Nadal crushes German Yannick Hanfmann in straight sets to reach the second round of the French Open

  • Rafael Nadal had comfortable straight sets on Monday with 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
  • Nadal crushed Yannick Hanfmann to cruise to the second round of the French Open
  • After saving four break points in the opening game of the game, it was just sailing
  • The 32-year-old Spaniard is back at home with Roland Garros

It was just in Paris as Rafael Nadal crushed his opponent in the first round and the locals skipped the start of the match as it was lunchtime. Plus change approx.

While Philippe Chatrier’s audience enjoyed their lunch, Nadal Yannick Hanfmann from Germany had breakfast and won 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.

Initially, it looked like the 11-time French Open champion would make a meal out of it, but after saving four break points in the opening match of the game, it was just sailing.

Rafael Nadal crushed German Yannick Hanfmann in the first round of the French Open

Rafael Nadal crushed German Yannick Hanfmann in the first round of the French Open

The Spaniard drove to a straight sets victory and won 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 over Roland Garros

The Spaniard drove to a straight sets victory and won 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 over Roland Garros

The Spaniard drove to a straight sets victory and won 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 over Roland Garros

Nadal’s extraordinarily high standards on this surface mean that his form of three semifinals and a title in four clay events are the second worst run ever to enter Roland Garros.

But the 32-year-old finished well with the victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of Rome and won a set 6-0 for the first time in their 54 meetings.

He’s been looking a little passive at the clay this season, as he can be when his play isn’t quite where he needs it. There were also signs of that against Hanfmann, as he was sometimes content to camp behind the baseline, loop back balls and wait for the 27-year-old to miss qualifying. His radar was slightly skewed at the front, especially when he tried to flatten it and look for winners.

He will have to become more aggressive as the tournament progresses, but there is plenty of time for fine-tuning and the Spaniard certainly has many more gears to go.

Spectators watch as Nadal's comfortable win at the French Open on Monday

Spectators watch as Nadal's comfortable win at the French Open on Monday

Spectators watch as Nadal’s comfortable win at the French Open on Monday

It was a hard day at the office for Hanfmann after a great game against clay

It was a hard day at the office for Hanfmann after a great game against clay

It was a hard day at the office for Hanfmann after a great game against clay

32-year-old Nadal slips on Monday during his opening game of the Grand Slam

32-year-old Nadal slips on Monday during his opening game of the Grand Slam

32-year-old Nadal slips on Monday during his opening game of the Grand Slam

If this area couldn’t be more familiar to Nadal, it was all new to Hanfmann. This was his first game at Roland Garros and only his second at Grand Slam level. He joined professional tennis late and joined the tour at the age of 23 after playing college tennis at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles.

He came forward with a goal, went hard on Nadal and pushed him back early. Hanfmann hit more winners than his illustrious opponent in the first set, but Nadal made 12 casual mistakes and two interruptions from the service.

Nadal drove through the second set, but Hanfmann put a good punch in the third. He held out three times, but at 5-3 Nadal brought out match point with an extraordinary lob and Hanfmann was a long hit.

The Spaniard is back home, away from home, and the search for number 12 is active.

The Spaniard's quest for a remarkable 12th French Open title is well underway

The Spaniard's quest for a remarkable 12th French Open title is well underway

The Spaniard’s quest for a remarkable 12th French Open title is well underway

Hanfmann caused problems for Nadal, but the Spaniard's qualities shone through on Monday

Hanfmann caused problems for Nadal, but the Spaniard's qualities shone through on Monday

Hanfmann caused problems for Nadal, but the Spaniard’s qualities shone through on Monday

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