Rafael Nadal reaches another stunning milestone after French Open win
Rafael Nadal remains on course for a blockbuster quarter-final against Novak Djokovic after he record his 300th win in Grand Slam matches at the French Open in Paris.
The 13-time champion showed no signs of the recent recurrence of a foot injury as he swatted aside France’s Corentin Moutet 6-3 6-1 6-4 in the night match.
Amid a raucous atmosphere, Nadal produced a thrilling performance and he insisted the fans had been balanced as he took on a local favourite.
“It was a great feeling in the stadium,” said Nadal. “I think the crowd was very nice with me too
“I really didn’t feel the crowd against me at all. I think it was a 50-50 and it was supporting good tennis.
“I always enjoy good support here in Paris. I think the people here know how special this place is for me and how important and how much respect I always had for Roland Garros.
“I think they appreciate all the things that I did in this event, so I feel a lot of love from the people here.
“I’m happy I am through in three sets, that’s an important fact for me and that gives me the chance to keep working tomorrow and try to be ready for after tomorrow against a tough opponent.
“So let’s see. I am happy about a lot of things that I did tonight, so let’s try to keep going and keep improving tomorrow.”
Nadal, who will face Botic van de Zandschulp on Friday, also suggested he was feeling healthy after his recent injury concerns.
“I can’t try to go very deep in a tournament if I’m worried about my physical issues every single day,” he added
“So if something happens, I am gonna accept it. But for the moment I am focused on the tennis.”
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