Defending champion Rafael Nadal storms into French Open second round

Nadal headed into the game having lost the Internazionali BNL d’Italia final to Novak Djokovic last weekend, but was dominant throughout as he crushed his American opponent 6-0 6-3 6-0.

The world number one needed just an hour and 42 minutes to dispatch Ginepri, producing the kind of play that has led him to eight French Open crowns.

Playing on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Nadal wasted no time in establishing his dominance, losing just one point on serve in shutting out Ginepri in the first set.

Ginepri, ranked at 279 in the world, did display some resolve in the second set, holding serve on three occasions as he laboured to try and stay in the contest.

But his efforts proved to be in vain, and the match was all but settled in the seventh game of the second when Nadal broke Ginepri to love to take a 4-3 lead.

Nadal had no difficulty in closing out the set from there, with Ginepri’s resistance crumbling under the Spaniard’s power.

The 27-year-old took just another 30 minutes to ensure his place in the second round, cruising to a straightforward success to set up a clash with Paul-Henri Mathieu of France or Austria’s Dominic Thiem.

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