2012 French Open: Ruthless Nadal gets the job done
Enough with the talking about a possible history-making seventh title here. Rafael Nadal must have been highly relieved to get on with some actual tennis, having cooled his heels until the late afternoon on day three before getting his campaign underway. Judging by the first round scoreline, he is raring to go at Roland Garros 2012. The no.2 seed flattened his opponent Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, with job done in an hour and 58 minutes.
This one will rank as one of the less complicated jousts of Nadal’s career. So relaxed was he that when he skied the ball some 50 feet into the air early in the first set, he attempted to control its landing by catching it on his foot. He missed, but only just. Nadal Is Human Shock.
Time and again, throaty cheers and chanting drowned out the sound of the ball – not from the crowd on watching this largely routine match on Philippe Chatrier court, you understand, but instead from the adjacent environs of unglamorous Court 2, where France’s Benoit Paire was heading for victory over Albert Ramos.
Not that there was any likelihood of anything other than a packed house on Chatrier to watch their beloved hero. Nadal had a micro-blip in the second set when, with two breaks already in the bag, he gave one back. Ultimately, it didn’t rank as a crisis. The Spaniard is through to the second round, where he will play Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.