Rafael Nadal in dominant mood as he starts French Open campaign in style
Rafael Nadal was in dominant mood as he started his quest for a 12th French Open title with a comfortable win over qualifier Yannick Hanfmann.
The 32-year-old has won just one title since August, that coming just over a week or so ago at the Italian Open, but he never looked in any danger back at Roland Garros.
180th-ranked Hanfmann did not simply roll over, but he was comprehensively overpowered before Nadal sealed a 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 win.
Meanwhile, the Paris crowd were treated to to a real thriller with a local flavour as Pierre-Hugues Herbert rallied to pull off a stunning win over Daniil Medvedev.
Herbert looked set to be making an early exit after losing the first two sets.
However, the Frenchman somehow managed to pull it around, eventually vanquishing the stunned Russian 12th seed 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.
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