Rafael Nadal will begin the 18th Roland Garros performance against Jordan Thompson in the opening round. Roland Garros champion who tried to rise 13 times on injury again and made a deep trip at his favorite event. Nadal and Thompson have played a match in Paris, with Rafa scored a 6-1, 7-6 victory in the third round of Paris Masters.
It was Nadal’s 1001st ATP victory, and he had to work hard for it in the second set. The Spaniard lost 12 points behind the initial shot and defended the only break point to keep the pressure on the other side. Thompson got broken two times in the opener, and he pushed world no.
2 to the limits in the second before falling in the tie break. Nadal lost five points behind the initial shot, and Thompson could not follow that pace. The Aussie defended a break chance in game two after Nadal’s backhand error, but he failed to repeat that at 1-2 when Rafa grabbed a break to forge the lead.
Rafael Nadal will face Jordan Thompson for the second time at Roland Garros.
The Spaniard is held in the Five game to open a 4-1 gap and complete a good rhythm. Nadal broke again in game six with beautiful volleyball winners and convert the fourth set point at 5-1.
Jordan held at the beginning of the second set with an ace, and Rafa responded with an unreturned serve in game two. Thompson placed another ace in game three, already playing much better than in the first set. The Aussie opened a 3-2 lead with a forehand winner, and the Spaniard delivered another comfortable hold to lock the result at 3-3.
Jordan serves well in the Seven game to stay on the positive side, and Rafa follows that speed for 4-4. Thompson fired another Ace to secure the ninth match, and Nadal had no room for mistakes in the remaining set. They both served well in the games of ten and 11, and Rafa faced a set of set after a double mistake in 5-6.
He landed a risky forehand after an extended rally to get out of jail and hit two more winners to gain momentum ahead of the tie break. Rafa grabbed a mini-break in the fourth point after Jordan’s loose volley and forged a 4-2 advantage with a forehand down the line winner.
Smash winners pushed Nadal 5-2 and above, and he got another mini-break at the eighth point. World no. 2 moves above after Thompson’s forced error at the tenth point, sealed the agreement and reached the quarter -finals of the eighth Paris Masters.