Rafael Nadal powers through to second round of French Open
Rafael Nadal has triumphed over teenager Rolan Garros in straight-sets to advance to the second round of the French Open.
The Spaniard looked on track to pick up his fifth title at the competition convincingly winning 6-2 6-2 6-2, proving too much for France’s world number 655. Nadal, being a perfectionist, didn’t view his performance as a good one, insisting: "I played really bad. I was practising really well but the first day here is always a little bit more nervous than usual and I think I played bad.
"I won without problems, so that’s always a positive thing, but I think I can do much better than this."
Nadal also conceded that he had not previously been aware of the French youngster, but also said Mina showed potential.
"Not much, I didn’t know anything. I think he’s a good player, he can play well in the future – he has a good serve and he’s fast, that’s important – and maybe from the baseline he can play well."
The 23-year-old also shrugged off suggestions that the tournament was a foregone conclusion.
"It’s the fifth year in a row that I answer the same question and for me there is no favourite," he said. "The favourites are the players who are going to be in the final in two Sundays.
"Right now, sure I’m one of the players that if I play my best tennis I’m going to have chances to play a good tournament, but other players think the same as me."
Nadal will be hoping to improve on last year’s performance at the tournament where he went out surprisingly in the fourth round, at the hands of Robin Soderling.
Paddy Power give 2/5 odds of Nadal winning the French Open title this year.