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Rafael Nadal moves up a gear to demolish Guido Pella in French Open

first_imgGreat players have gears and Rafael Nadal is idling as he edges towards an 11th title at the French Open with the understated conviction of a man who respects his rivals but knows his destiny.On Thursday, he did to the world No 78 Guido Pella in an hour and a half on Court Suzanne Lenglen what it took him twice as long to do to the tricky Simone Bolelli on the main stage on Tuesday.Nadal loves playing fellow left-handers, having won against them 29 times in majors, and was untroubled winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. His next challenge is, well, not quite that: Richard Gasquet has tried 15 times to beat the Spaniard, coming unstuck each time. news Rafael Nadal Tennis Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Support The Guardian Share via Email French Open 2018 French Open Share on Messenger Kyle Edmund last Briton standing after Cameron Norrie loses at French Open Share on Twitter Topics The Frenchman, still idolised in France years after being hailed as their next tennis hero, beat the Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and 26 minutes. “When I was 25 I felt when I’m 32 I will not feel so much stress,” he said. “Well, it’s not true. You always want to play. You always want to do your best.”Even his best may not be good enough to extend Nadal in his current form, although he oozed respect when talking about Gasquet, who has been a contemporary and rival since their teenage days.“It will be a good match against a good friend in the most important place in my career, and for him a very special place, too,” he said. “I have a great relationship with him, since we were kids. We met for the first time when we were 12. He’s a very good person, a normal guy. We practised hundreds of times together. He always has a positive attitude.”In another all-leftie match, the exciting young Canadian, Denis Shapovalov fell to Germany’s world No 70 Maximilian Marterer, who ground out a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-4 win in three hours and 11 minutes in the Bullring. He plays Jürgen Zopp, who had a similarly tough battle beating fellow lucky loser, Ruben Bemelmans, in a raucous affair on Court No 6, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in three hours and 35 minutes. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share on Pinterestlast_img read more