New step forward. Rafael Nadal, N ° 2 in the world, beat very easily Mackenzie mcdonald and got back into the third wheel at Roland Garros. Thus, the Spanish, owner of the record of 12 titles in the Grand Slam of Paris, reached that instance in its 16 participations in that traditional contest.
The left-hander from Manacor, who missed the US Open with warning, to guard against Covid-19 after the forced stoppage of the five-month circuit, returned at the Masters 1000 in Rome and lost to Argentine Diego Schwartzman, Top 15 ATP, in the semifinals . Now in his favorite tournament he has already taken another easy step, beyond the fact that the clay surface is very slow and he prefers it faster.
Nadal beat McDonald (236th) 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3 at the main Phlippe Chatrier stadium, being solid and marking clear differences with the American. In that way, he increased his winning record at Roland Garros and now his incredible record in that championship is 95-2.
The left-hander won his 12 individual finals there and this year aims to achieve the 20th Grand Slam title in order to tie the all-time record held by the Swiss Roger Federer. For that, he still has the hardest road and is five victories away from that enormous goal.
With this triumph, Nadal got into at least the third round of the French Open in his 16 performances and it is a record. Still, his ultimate intention is another Musketeers cup to achieve that record. His next opponent will be Italian Stefano Travaglia (74th) on Friday, who knocked out Japanese Kei Nishikori (35th), former Top 5, in five sets.