Rafael Nadal is the King of Clay, and the French Open is “his business”; conversely, Sam Groth is rather “alien” to clay. Therefore, the inevitable conclusion of a contest between Rafa and Sam in Paris was a complete demolition. Rafa conceded just three games to the Australian in the first round to win 6-1 6-1 6-1.

Nadal. It’s a good start

There was not much to say for Rafa in the interview following the match “It’s obvious that it was a good start for me. The most important thing that I had to do today, I did well, which was return. I played without making many mistakes.”

 

Next vs. Bagnis

After this free meal, Rafa will play the world no.99 Facundo Bagnis. They have never played each other so far, but it shouldn’t be a huge challenge for Rafa even if the Argentine has won 3 challengers on the dirt this year.

Head to head Nadal vs. Bagnis 
 

   

THE DRAW – Nadal’s side       
                                 


A WALK IN (HIS) PARK  FOR THE KING OF CLAY
                                 


 

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