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Rafael Nadal starts with the right foot at Roland Garros


Rafael Nadal (2nd ATP) started the road to his 13th Roland Garros title with a resounding victory over Belarusian Egor Gerasimov (6-4, 6-4 and 6-2), this Monday in a Philippe Chatrier with less than 1,000 people due to restrictions due to the pandemic.

I am very happy to be here at the Philippe Chatrier. It is a very difficult year for everyone, I hope that next year the situation will change. I hope that next year the public will return, “Nadal said in French as soon as the match against Gerasimov (83rd ATP) ended.

Nadal will seek his 20th Grand Slam title in Paris, with which he would equal Roger Federer’s record. In the second round, he will play the American Mackenzie McDonald (236th).

The conditions are very complicated, for me this year is special, as for everyone. It’s a good start, I’m in the second round, now to go back to the hotel, have a good breakfast and prepare the second, “she added.