Rafael Nadal advanced with authority and without any hurry to the Roland Garros Round of 16second Grand Slam of the year after beating the Dutchman in three sets Van de Zandschulpin a duel that he controlled from start to finish, setting the pace and suffocating his rival.
The champion at the Australian Open, Melbourne and Acapulco in this 2022 he defeated 3-6, 2-6 and 4-6 to that of the Netherlands on the mythical clay court of Suzanne Lenglen, which was packed to see one of the favorites to take the glory this year.
The Spaniard started the game on the wrong foot with a break against, a setback that would end up waking up the 21 times winner of Grand Slam. From that moment on, Nadal did not stop growing on the set based on winners and a very deep drive. With the established rhythm, the one from Manacor took the first sleeve 3-6.
With the same firmness Nadal began the second setvery comfortable and doing very easy with an unstoppable forehand to which Van De Zandschlps could never find an answer. The trend translated into the scoreboard that with two quick breaks went to Rafa who put the 5-1 in less than half an hour to finish the second set 2-6.
At the start of third set For the 13-time champion on Parisian soil, it couldn’t have been better, breaking his rival’s serve to put the match on track. In this sleeve, the Spanish was seen a lot more versatile and bringing out his best defensewithout losing control or authority in the encounter.
The Dutchman improved in this last set but not even in his best moments did he seem to bother Nadal and he ended up closing his participation in Paris with a sleeve of 4-6 against him.
For its part, Rafe the face will be seen this Sunday with the Canadian felix Auger-Aliassime in the round of 16 after he beat Serbian in the third round Filip Krajinovic in three sets, 7-6, 7-6, 7-5.
Meanwhile, the number one in the world, Novak DjokovicNadal’s possible rival in the quarterfinals, beat Slovenian Aljez Bedene (6-3, 6-3, 6-2). The current champion of Roland Garros will be in the round of 16 in Paris for sixteenth occasion in his career, thanks to his victory number 84 at the tournament.
His rival in the next round will be the Argentine Diego Schartzmannwho beat Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday May 29.
(With information from Europe Press)