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Rafael Nadal shrugs off injury concerns to advance to French Open second round

Rafael Nadal shrugged off his ongoing injury battle after starting his bid for a 14th Roland Garros title with a clinical win in straight sets.

The Spaniard, seeded number five this year, swept Australia Jordan Thompson 6-2 6-2 6-2 despite a recurring foot problem that derailed his bid for a first clay-court title of the season at the Italian Open earlier this month.

“Of course, confidence is higher when you gain in Monte CarloBarcelona, ​​Madrid or Rome“, said the Spaniard.

“Without a doubt, things are easy to understand in this world, aren’t they? When you win more matches and more tournaments, you have better confidence.

“When this is not the case, things are different. But I didn’t expect to win 15 Monte Carlos and Romes, so that’s the situation today.

“I got injured, and that’s it. What happened has happened and here we are. We are at Roland-Garros. I am here to do my best.


It’s time to accept the situation and have the confidence to put all my efforts every day, to get better and better. Let’s see how far I can go

Rafael Nadal

“And what is my level of confidence? How it would be or if I didn’t get hurt, I don’t know. We never know. So I’m not a big fan of thinking about things that might happen if… “if” is a dangerous word.

“And then it’s time to accept the situation and have the confidence to put in all my effort every day, to get better and better. Let’s see how far I can go.

Nadal, who will face Frenchman Corentin Moutet – who beat former champion Stan Wawrinka in four sets – in the second round, also spoke about the ATP’s decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points for its ban on Russian and Belarus players .

Rafael Nadal celebrated his victory against Jordan Thompson in three sets (Thibault Camus/AP)

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“At the end of the day, I understand both sides,” he said diplomatically. “I respect and understand Wimbledon’s position, no doubt, but on the other hand, I also understand and respect that the ATP protects its members.

“That’s it. Isn’t one doing a negative thing and the other doing the right thing. Everybody half.

“In my opinion, (they) have good reasons for making the decisions they are making today. I hope the ATP and Wimbledon can be together and sit together and negotiate a better future for both parties.

Rafael Nadal shrugs off injury concerns to advance to French Open second round

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