Nadal strives for consistency

Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Rafael Nadal admits he is eager to find consistency after the Spaniard moved into the French Open second round with a straight sets win over French wild card Quentin Halys.

Nadal has struggled for his usual dominance on clay in the build-up to Roland Garros but the nine-time champion showed few signs of weakness against Quentin, who he beat 6-3 6-3 6-4.

“I had some up and downs during the season so it is normal that can happen here but I am trying to avoid that,” Nadal said.

“I played a good match, a solid one. When I had some opportunities I seized them.

“The first four games in the first set were tough, I made some mistakes, but then afterwards I was able to hit my shots.

“I had some problems with my serve, but on the whole, it was okay. I dominated the game. I managed to play some strokes down the line, so I handled the match very well.

“It was a solid performance and I’m happy with it.”

Quentin, who is ranked 296th in the world, was always unlikely to cause an upset but Nadal was impressed with his 18-year-old opponent.

“He made some mistakes but when you want to take risks on every single ball, then the mistakes are going to happen,” Nadal said.

“Tennis is moving that way – younger, aggressive players – and the tour in general are moving to hit the ball stronger and quicker, going for the winners all the time.

“When he wants to play like this and he put the balls in, I could not do anything.”

Nadal will now face fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, who beat Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov in four sets.

Almagro beat Nadal on clay in Barcelona last year but it was his only victory in 13 meetings between the pair.

“Both players are very tough opponents to play in the second round,” Nadal said before Almagro had won.

“They are not players you want to play in the second round of Roland Garros.

“Both players are players of high quality so obviously it is not a good round but it is what it is.”

Number one seed Novak Djokovic is also safely through to round two after he beat Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 6-2 7-5 6-2.

Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by The News Editor

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