Rafael Nadal happy with ‘positive start’ to Roland Garros campaign

Rafael Nadal eased to a first round win at the French Open before admitting he ‘needed to improve.’

Nadal has struggled with injury since his blistering start to the season ended at Indian Wells, and he was visibly limping in defeat at the Rome Masters in his last match before Roland Garros.

He is also coming into his favourite slam in the unusual position of not having won a clay tournament this season so far.

However, he was easily good enough to beat Australian Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 and he is relatively happy with how he is progressing.

“[I] need to improve [my] movement, the speed of [my] forehand,” Rafael Nadal admitted.

“[I’m] happy with the performance, by the way. It’s a positive start. Of course,

“I’m the kind of player looking for something else; looking for better things, and that’s what I’m going to try to find in my practice tomorrow and in my next match.

“Of course, the confidence is higher when you win Monte Carlo, Barcelona, and Madrid or Rome. Without a doubt, things are easier in this world to understand when you are winning more matches and more tournaments, you will have greater confidence and the opponent feels that too.

“At the end, you are more used to the level you need to play [at] to win matches.

“[For me,] this is not the case, things are different. But I never expected to be winning 15 Monte Carlo’s and Rome so, that’s the situation.

“I got injured, what happened has passed and I am here at Roland-Garros.”

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