.Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer qualified for the third round and continue at a steady pace at Roland Garros

 

The Spaniard defeated the German Yannick Maden 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4, while the Swiss defeated fellow German Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4.

The Spanish Rafael Nadal and the Swiss Roger Federer advance at a steady pace at Roland Garros. The number 2 and 3 of the world have been imposed on the Germans Yannick Maden and Oscar Otte, respectively, to qualify for the third round of the French Grand Slam.

The Mallorcan player maintained his steady pace by defeating Maden 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes. In search of his 12th title in Paris, the defending champion showed his most solid version until the final heat, when he let himself be snatched twice. In any case, the Balearic tennis player solved it with three breaks.

The seven games on loan this Wednesday before the 114th in the world, added to the six of his debut against the Germanic Yannick Hanfmann, make him tie his fourth best start on Paris clay.
Nadal acknowledged that in the final stage he raised his foot on the accelerator and that his rival came with good pace after winning four duels, all three of the previous and first round against the Belgian Kimmer Coppejans. “He’s a good player, at Roland Garros he has already won four games, he has come with great confidence,” said Rafa over Maden, 29.

The Mallorcan will be measured by a place in the second round against the Belgian David Goffin, who agreed to the third round after beating the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic by 6-2, 6-4 and 6-3. He is a rival against whom he has never lost on clay. In four duels, the Belgian has only won one, played on hard track of the Masters Tournament in 2017.
For his part, in his second match in this contest, Federer managed a comfortable victory in only 96 minutes by 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4 against Otte, a 25-year-old German player who was ranked 144th in the ATP ranking.

The former world number one controlled the game and saved the four break points that his opponent had, unable to break the Swiss’s serve. Federer, who was champion in the clay of Paris on one occasion (2009), returns to the tournament in this edition after four years of absence.

The 37-year-old will face the third round of the Norwegian Casper Ruud (63rd), who will arrive at this match after eliminating the Italian Matteo Berrettini (31st) by 6-4, 7-5 and 6-3.

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