Current champion Rafael Nadal made a strong start to the record for the 12th French Open title on Monday, while world number one Novak Djokovic also scored an easy win over the non-Americans in the first round. Seventeen-time champion Nadal defeated Germany’s qualifier Yanic Huffman 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in the first round at the Philip Chattery Court again.
His next match will be from another German qualifier and 114th ranked Yankic Maiden. Nadal had earlier suffered a loss in the semi-finals of 3 consecutive tournaments in the clay court season, but he did his best at the Italy Open and won the title by defeating Novak Djokovic. Now his record in the French Open has been 87-2. After winning, he said, “Playing here is always fantastic. The new court is very good. I played a good tournament in Rome, which was very important for my morale. Now look forward. ‘