The champion beats Briton Cameron Norrie on a gray day and track conditions that he does not like.
Arms in the air. Final smile. Goal accomplished. Rafael Nadal has opened the doors to the great week of Paris. For the 16th time he will be in the round of 16 at Roland Garros and among the 16 title contenders that he defends and has won 13 times. This Saturday he won his 103rd match and already has 32 consecutive sets without losing in the tournament since 2019.
In just over two hours he got rid of an uncomfortable Cameron norris which was imposed by 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3. It was work day in the office of Nadal. Gray and overcast sky. Humidity in the environment. Slow track and heavy balls. None of the conditions that the 13-time Roland Garros champion likes and, even less, in the Suzanne Lenglen, the second center-back, with a reputation for being slower.
In the end Nadal, at the question of Fabrice SantoroThe champion, now calmer, would tell the former French tennis player that “it is very nice to play both at the Suzanne Lenglen and at the Chatrier with such an incredible crowd.” A politically correct answer, although not so sincere.
Norrie (45 world), left-handed how Nadal, He entered aware of his limitations but with the illusion of standing up to the world number 3. He couldn’t pull it off in the first set. Break of his serve at 24 minutes (4-2) and enough advantage for Nadal with Norrie’s complaint to the chair umpire for the time the Majorcan was losing in the remains. He ignored him.
Sinner, next rival
In the second sleeve the British tennis player managed to make two ‘breaks’ (2-0 and 3-1), but Nadal he quickly resolved by breaking it three times (2-1, 3-2 and 4-3). Norrie complained again about the slowness of Nadal to the rest. This time the chair umpire warned him. The champion apologized but warned that he had to go get the towel every time to the other side of the track. A complaint similar to the discussion he had days ago Federer and it cost the Swiss a warning.
Response from Nadal to Norrie on the track it was forceful. The Briton could only beat him three more games before shaking hands at the net. Of course, Norrie left the track applauded for his struggle and effort. Nadal’s next rival this Monday will be the Italian Jannik Sinner who defeated the swede Mikel Ymer by 6-1, 7-5 and 6-3
Djokovic, no problems
Hours before Novak Djokovic I also made it through the third round by getting rid of the Lithuanian Rikardas Berankis (93 world) by 6-1, 6-4 and 6-1. The world number 1 found no opposition and in the next round of eighth to Lorenzo Musetti, one of the promises of Italian tennis, who beat his compatriot in a five-set battle Marco Cecchinato by 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6 and 6-3.
All the results of the day and Sunday’s program on the official website of Roland Garros.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.