(May 26, 2014) It was an easy day at the office for 8-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal who destroyed U. S. wild card world No. 279 Robby Ginepri 6-0, 6-3, 6-0.
I think I played after the first game that was not good, I played a solid first set,” the Spaniard said. I start first six games of the second I didn’t play well, and he had a terrible game with the 3 All, a lot of mistakes. After that I think I started to play a little bit better again.
“So in the third I finished the match playing not that good, so it was a solid start, happy for that.”
“A tough pill to swallow for sure,” 31-year-old Ginepri said of the loss.
“Always wanted to play him on clay and see how good he is. He showed me a lesson today. It was fun out there today, even though the scoreline didn’t really reflect it.”
The world No. 1 whose record at Roland Garros is now 60-1, has a record 8 Paris titles but is looking to become the first man to win five times in a row.
There was some controversy with Nadal’s court assignment for Monday. Instead of the 4-time defending champion opening his defense on the center court Phillipe Chatrier, he was placed on the second show court Suzanne Lenglen which raised eyebrows.
“Doesn’t really matter a lot,” the 27-year-old said. “Always playing Roland Garros is a pleasure for me, is a really honor, and is a special feeling. So all the memories at this place give me are unforgettable.
“And doesn’t matter if it’s Chatrier or Lenglen or another court, be around here in Roland Garros always gonna be great. And I started in Lenglen this year, is a great court.
“I am not sure, but probably next one I gonna play in Chatrier. That’s it.”