Nadal pulls through French Open first round

Reuters News
Posted: May 26, 2015 10:18 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal received a decent workout from French teenager Quentin Halys as he began his quest for a 10th French Open title with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 first-round win on Tuesday.

Nadal, seeded sixth after a mediocre start to the season, was never threatened by the 18-year-old wild card on Court Philippe Chatrier although the junior U.S. Open runner-up did not appear too overawed.

The nine-time champion, who now has an awe-inspiring 67-1 record at Roland Garros, next faces either compatriot Nicolas Almagro or Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.

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Nadal was broken once but having made only 13 unforced errors, the world number seven wrapped up victory on his first match point when Halys netted a backhand.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ian Chadband)