Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest tennis players on the clay court. The Spaniard has a whooping win percentage of 93.4 and is referred to as the King of Clay. The 35-year-old has won 13 titles in Paris and is one of the favorites to lift his 14th title at the Roland Garros. However, Nadal has been battling a series of injuries lately. After being sidelined for six weeks, he struggled to find his footing on clay.
Rafa only played a couple of tournaments in Madrid and Rome before entering the French Open. Moreover, the 21-time Grand Slam champ has been fighting with a chronic foot injury that resurfaced during the Italian Open. Despite lacking the fitness to compete at his best, Nadal cruised to a victory in three straight sets. In just over two hours, Rafael beat Jordan Thompson during the first round by 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
Nadal appeared to be in rhythm as he secured his first win and moved to the second round of the Major tournament. However, fans were more intrigued by Nadal’s introduction in Paris than his flawless performance on the tennis court. The Spaniard’s introduction video caught the attention of tennis fans on Twitter as the video went viral quickly, resulting in heart-warming comments from across the globe.
Tennis Fans Go Crazy Over Nadal’s French Open Introduction Video
When Nadal stepped on the tennis court in Paris, he was welcomed by the stadium announcer, who listed all of his 13 titles at the Roland Garros in a single breath. Fans began cheering Nadal’s name as he was seen practicing his Serbs ahead of his first game in Paris. The video got viral instantly as fans shared heartfelt messages to honor the tennis legend.
Some of the fans remarked it as one of the most iconic moments in sporting history, while others stated that they would never get tired of the introduction. This left the enthusiastic fans with goosebumps. Fans have deemed Rafa’s welcome as the greatest introduction video of all time. They acknowledged Nadal’s amazing feat of winning 13 Roland Garros titles in 16 years. While Nadal’s introduction turned out to be the most heartwarming moment for the fans in recent times, they would pray that the Spaniard brings his 14th title in 2022.
Nadal To Face Coretin Mouret In The Second Round
After defeating Jordan Thompson, Rafa will meet Corentin Moutet in the second round of the French Open 2022. In the first round, the French tennis player beat three-time Grand Slam champ Stan Wawrinka by 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3. Now, he will face the world no. 5 on Wednesday. The duo has never played against each other on the ATP tour to date. And they will have their first encounter in Paris. Nadal did not seem to have any issues with his foot during the opening game. So, he would look to cruise ahead into the tournament’s latter stages, where he might face Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.