Rafael Nadal said he ‘found a way’ to beat Cameron Norrie as he moved into the fourth round of the French Open.
Nadal was in unfamiliar surroundings after moving to the second showcourt, Court Suzanne Lenglen, with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer taking centre stage on Court Philippe-Chatrier today.
Norrie brought plenty to the match too, with him breaking Nadal twice in the second set.
However, the 13-time champion was just too strong, and he progressed in to the second week with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win.
“It’s a pleasure for me to be back playing at Roland Garros, it doesn’t matter which court it is, it’s fantastic for me,” Nadal said.
“He [Norrie] is having the best season of his career, winning plenty of matches. He’s won a lot of matches this year
“But I found a way to be through, that’s the most important thing for me. I was able to win in straight sets, and that’s so important for me.”
Nadal also paid tribute to the fans on Court Suzanne Lenglen after the boisterously backed him through some tough moments against the Brit.
“The last year and a half have been difficult for every player,” he said.
“It’s because of my friends and family that I where I am today and it’s so important that we’ve got the fans back
“Hopefully the situation will keep improving.”
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