Rafael Nadal cruises into second round at Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal remains on course for a record tenth French Open title after beating Quentin Halys 6-3 6-3 6-3 in the first round.
The defending champion rarely looked in trouble against the 18-year-old qualifier as he extended his record at Roland Garros to 67-1.
Nadal is seeking to become the first man to win 10 titles at one particular Grand Slam, but faces a tricky run-in with a potential quarter-final clash against Novak Djokovic coming before a possible date with Andy Murray in the last four and a mouth-watering tie against Roger Federer in the final.
"He risked on every single ball," said Nadal.
You know, that's the way tennis going. Younger, aggressive, hitting the ball stronger and quicker, going for the winners all the time.
"But when the point was playing in normal conditions, I think I played well."
Nadal broke Grand Slam debutant Halys in the first, fifth and ninth games of a first set that lasted 34 minutes.
Nadal broke again for a 4-2 lead in the second before serving out the set to love leading 5-3.
While never quite scaling the heights as he chases 'La Decima' at Roland Garros, the Spanish player ensured his smooth passage when he broke in the fifth game of the set on his way to a 26th win of the season.
Results from the French Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday
Pablo Carreno (Spain) beat Victor Estrella (Dominican Republic) 6-3 6-1 6-0
Jack Sock (U.S.) beat 10-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 7-6(7) 6-2 6-3
1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) 6-2 7-5 6-2
Andrea Arnaboldi (Italy) beat James Duckworth (Australia) 4-6 6-7(5) 7-6(4) 7-6(2) 6-0
Nicolas Almagro (Spain) beat Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) 6-3 2-6 6-4 7-6(6)
20-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Germain Gigounon (Belgium) 6-3 6-4 6-0
6-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Quentin Halys (France) 6-3 6-3 6-4
15-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Tim Smyczek (U.S.) 6-4 6-4 6-2
23-Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) beat Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) 3-6 7-6(6) 6-3 5-7 6-2
Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) beat Maxime Hamou (France) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4 6-4
Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain) beat Joao Souza (Brazil) 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4
Joao Sousa (Portugal) beat Vasek Pospisil (Canada) 6-3 7-6(5) 6-1
7-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Lukas Lacko (Slovakia) 6-1 6-3 6-1