Rafael Nadal reacts to beating Corentin Moutet for historic 300th Grand Slam win

Nadal saw off Moutet in straight sets to reach the French Open third round.

by Dzevad Mesic
Rafael Nadal reacts to beating Corentin Moutet for historic 300th Grand Slam win

Record 21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal enjoyed a very good Wednesday night in Paris as he clinched his 300th Grand Slam victory and safely progressed into the French Open third round. Fifth-seeded Nadal was never in danger of losing to Corentin Moutet as he saw off the Frenchman 6-3 6-1 6-4.

Nadal is just the third player in tennis history to enter the 300-wins club at the Grand Slam level. In the third round, Nadal faces Botic van de Zandschulp. "I'm happy I am through in three sets, that's an important fact for me and that gives me the chance to keep working tomorrow and try to be ready for after tomorrow against a tough opponent," Nadal said, per the ATP website.

"So let's see. I am happy about a lot of things that I did tonight, so let's try to keep going and keep improving tomorrow."

Nadal jokes about the competitive third set

After losing the first two sets, Moutet started the third set with a 2-0 lead.

However, it didn't take long for Nadal to respond as he broke Moutet in the fourth and eighth games to take a 5-3 lead. Moutet managed to break back Nadal in the ninth game and cut the deficit to 4-5 but Nadal earned his third break of the set in the 10th game, when the Frenchman was serving to stay in the match.

"I enjoyed more 6-1," Nadal said when asked if he relished the competitive third set. "After that I think I played a basic set. At the beginning of the third I [played] a very bad game at the beginning and I had to come back.

I did well. And then, again, I had a couple of mistakes in the serving for the match. Happy that I played another good game to finish." Nadal didn't have a perfect preparation for the French Open but he has reached the third round without a dropped set. Nadal now has a great chance to reach the last-16 as he is the big favorite versus van de Zandschulp.

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