Rafael Nadal celebrates his 35th birthday without making too many changes to the party at the Roland Garros 2021. Even if it actually complicates life at 6-0 5-2. The Spanish champion, in search of the fourteenth Parisian pearl, breaks the balance at the foot of the tie break in the second and despite some flaws in the third he seals the success at 6-0 7-5 6-2.
Thanks to the seventeenth victory against the French talent, Rafa passes the second round cut for the seventeenth time in his career. Cameron Norrie will be waiting for him. As expected, Nadal wins the match from the baseline and controls all game situations.
He serves better, moves better and obviously makes less mistakes. After an immaculate serving, the Spanish champion recovers a fifteen disadvantage, draws the difference at 30-30 and obviously takes advantage of the first useful chance of a break.
Gasquet has no solutions on the left diagonal and does not find much support even from the serve. The second break is practically a logical consequence. After five games as a victim, Gasquet fails to make the passive acceptable in any way.
Nadal concedes and allows himself something. In the best moment of Gasquet, who moves the score for the first time, he is wrong in length with the forehand and finds himself at 0-30 (in the third game) due to a double fault.
Below the highlights of the match