Rafael Nadal says he’s full of confidence after making it 87-2 at Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal press conference

Rafael Nadal said his recent Italian Open success has bolstered his confidence after he opened his French Open campaign on Monday.

The 11-time winner was not tested as he extended his Roland Garros record to 87-2 with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 win over qualifier Yannick Hanfmann on the newly rebuilt Court Philippe Chatrier.

“It’s always amazing to play here, the new Chatrier is very nice,” the second seed said after the match.

“It’s been an important place in my career.

“I played a good tournament in Rome which was very important for my confidence. Now we’ll see.”

Nadal will face another qualifier next, with German world number 114 Yannick Maden next in his sights.

Elsewhere at Roland Garros,  Australian Alex De Minaur beat Bradley Klahn 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, but Georgian 15th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili fell to a surprising 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 thrashing at the hands of Argentinian world number 78 Juan Ignacio Londero.

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