2016 Roland Garros R1 Rafael Nadal def. Sam Groth 6/1 6/1 6/1
Rafael Nadal began his 2016 Roland Garros campaign the way almost all of his matches have gone in Paris: comfortably.
The nine-time champion never faced a break point and breezed past Australian Sam Groth 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in an hour and 20 minutes to move into the second round. The Spaniard lost only five points on his serve (40/45), landed 84 per cent of his first serves and hit 25 winners to three unforced errors.
Groth, meanwhile, struggled to get his serve-and-volley game going. The Aussie, who was looking for his first win at Roland Garros and just his second tour-level clay-court match win, donated nine double faults and landed only 58 per cent of his first serves.
"Feeling the support of the crowd was is always special for me here, so thank you to them for that."
"It's obvious that this was a good start for me," he said. "The most important thing I had to do was return well, and then play without too many mistakes. It's obvious that this opponent plays better on faster surfaces. In general I played a solid match. Feeling the support of the crowd was is always special for me here, so thank you to them for that."
Nadal, who won Roland Garros in 2005-08 and 2010-14, is trying to become the first player in the Open Era to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event. He already is the only man in history to have won five consecutive titles at Roland Garros. The World No. 5 is now 71-2 in Paris.
In the second round, Nadal will face Argentine Facundo Bagnis.
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