The current champion continues with a firm step in his favorite tournament and continued to raise his tennis level in the new autumn conditions of the event, in which so far he has only given 18 games, half of them in his last two matches.
The tennis of the manacorí is probably not as devastating as the one that the Serbian Novak Djokovic or the Austrian Dominic Thiem have been able to show, but as the days go by it is showing more and more effective in the face of a second week where the theorists are expected exams of more substance.
Nadal went from less to more, but finished at a high level in the Philippe-Chatrier against a Travaglia, whom he had never faced before and who only planted a ‘battle’ in the second sleeve. In just over an hour and a half, the Spaniard solved his third opponent and left happy for having played his “best game” so far.
The winner of 19 ‘Grand Slams’ finished with 28 winning strokes, by only 13 unforced errors, more than half (7) in the second set, and again sought the sentence of the points that cost so much now in these conditions on the net (19/23). In addition, his service worked, losing only 13 points and without giving any ‘break’ balls to the Italian who hardly demanded from the rest.
Nadal came out willing to sign a pass as placid as possible and was placed with a clear 3-0 start, winning 12 of the 14 points played. Travaglia managed to make it 3-1, but did not win any more points in the whole set that the Spaniard already finished with good tennis.
Anyway, the Italian did not collapse and improved his performance a lot in the second, especially in terms of aggressiveness, which allowed him to hold the pace of the Spanish, who did not slow down and who waited patiently for his opportunity. This came in the seventh game and he did not miss it to achieve the break that ended up giving him the second set.
The third manga recovered the script of the first and had little history. The Balearic tennis player continued without giving concessions with the service and broke the first exchange to finish without trouble with the resistance of Travaglia.
THE KORDA REVELATION, IN EIGHTHS
The twelve-time winner in Paris will now face each other for a place in the quarterfinals with the American Sebastian Korda, son of Petr Korda, and one of the revelations of the tournament that ended the adventure of the Valencian Pedro Martínez.
Alzira’s did not have his best day and was overwhelmed on the track by the junior champion of the 2018 Australian Open, a ‘great’ who conquered his father in 1998, a finalist also in Paris in 1992. The American, 20 years and 213 of the world, he always dominated and won 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to meet his idol, whose name he even put his cat as a sign of his devotion to Manacor.
In addition, the day also left the classification of one of the great favorites, the Austrian Dominic Thiem, finalist in the last two editions in the Parisian red clay, and who passed the exam with great solvency against the Norwegian Casper Ruud, a good ‘earthling’ (6-4, 6-3, 6-1).