Rafael Nadal stormed into round two (Picture: Getty Images)Rafael Nadal was satisfied by the level of his performance in the opening round of the French Open as he swept Yannick Hanfmann aside in straight sets.
The world No. 2, chasing a 12th title in these parts, put the German qualifier to the sword 6-2 6-1 6-3 in just under two hours to book his spot in the next round.
Hanfmann put in a spirited display but the 11-time champion was ultimately too strong as he kicked off the tournament in style.
‘Well, it was a first round, and I did a lot of things well,’ he said. ‘Not many mistakes. Being very solid all the time.
‘Just of course is the beginning and the first round is more about talking about what I have to do better. What I did very well today is just about general feeling, and general feeling have been positive this afternoon.
Nadal was on form (Picture: Getty Images)‘Happy to be through to the second round, and that’s the main thing today and with straight sets, positive feelings. Just happy for that.’
Nadal will face another German qualifier named Yannick in round two. Yannick Maden, just like Hanfmann, is a bit of an unknown entity.
‘Well, being honest, I saw play Yannick last year in Munich against [Alexander] Zverev. So I remember a little bit that,’ Nadal said of his next opponent. ‘And then today with YouTube you can find things.
‘I saw some highlights of his matches, and you have an idea. Of course is different when you never played before. You can create an idea about what he does, no?
‘And that’s what I did. Just research a little bit on YouTube and with some videos and for after tomorrow gonna be the same for me personally.
Frances Tiafoe was unwell (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)‘But at end of the day, for me is about play well myself and knowing a little bit the opponent helps.’
It was a tough day for poor old Frances Tiafoe.
The American youngster was suffering with illness during his five-set defeat at the hands of Filip Krajinovic, and revealed he vommitted during the contest.
‘You work so hard, and obviously it’s a Grand Slam, so you want to do your best and you have this random illness that you have no idea why it’s occurring,’ Tiafoe told ESPN after the 6-2 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-0 loss. ‘It’s tough to lose like that.’