His quest for record 10th title in Paris is well on course. Playing his second round match at the French Open 2017, Rafael Nadal hardly broke a sweat to take out Robin Haase 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 49 minutes.
After Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza, Nadal moved into the third round with an easy win and said “I’m very happy to come back on the Court Philippe Chatrier.” The nine-time champion will now face Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.
The 30-year-old was only tested by Haase in the second set in what was otherwise a smooth sailing for the Spaniard.
In a funny incident in the third set, a shot from Haase rebounded off the umpire’s chair but the Dutch player and the umpire shared a laugh afte the incident. The player mimicked a bow and arrow as umpire Arnaud Gabas made a gesture.
Nadal has won the French Open title nine times in his career, four consecutive titles from 2005 to 2008 and then winning five consecutive titles from 2010 to 2014. Before this year, he had a 72-2 win-loss record in Paris.
His only two losses in French Open have come, first in 2009 against Robert Soldering in the fourth round and then in 2015 quarter-finals against Novak Djokovic. In 2016, he pulled out off the tournament mid-way after a wrist injury.
No player in the open era has won a Grand Slam title 10 times and Nadal could be the first one.