Tournament: French Open 2022.
Date: 25 May 2022.
Round: Second round (Round of 64).
Venue: Paris, France.
Category: Grand Slam.
Surface: Outdoor clay.
Prize money: €21,256,800.
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel, NBC Sports and Peacock TV | Canada - TSN | UK - Eurosport | India - Sony Ten.
Twenty-one-time Major champion Rafael Nadal will take on home favorite Corentin Moutet in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Wednesday.
Nadal commenced his quest for a 14th title in Paris against Jordan Thompson of Australia. With his foot injury dominating the conversation ahead of Roland Garros, a comfortable first-round win wasn't assured for the Spaniard. But the former World No. 1 looked just fine and produced a great level that's only going to get better as the tournament progresses.
Nadal won the opening set quite easily by breaking Thompson's serve twice. He went up a double break in the second set to lead 4-1, but the Australian was able to wrestle back one of the breaks. It proved to be in vain, however, as the King of Clay broke once more and served out the set.
Nadal didn't face a single break point in the third set as he wrapped up the match 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
French wildcard Corentin Moutet, meanwhile, took on 2015 Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round.
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Wawrinka got off to a great start, winning the opening set in dominant fashion. However, Moutet, cheered on by a very vocal French crowd, started to play better as the match progressed. The youngster took the second set and led in the third, but the Swiss managed to force a tie-break.
Moutet raced to a big lead in the tie-break and won it to take control of the match. The Frenchman remained solid in the fourth set and scored one of the biggest wins of his career.
This is set to be the first meeting between the pair, so the head-to-head stands at 0-0 for now.
(All odds are sourced from BetMGM)
After defeating one Grand Slam champion, Moutet faces the daunting prospect of facing yet another Major champion. Facing the Spaniard on Court Philippe-Chatrier is a nightmare for many players, but the young Frenchman seems up for the task.
Nadal struck his forehand really well in his first-round contest against Thompson. His movement was decent as well, so the foot problem that resurfaced during the Italian Open seems to be under control for now. The Spaniard's serve was solid, though not exceptional. He was a little tentative on his backhand wing and could have certainly done more during return games.
Moutet cleaned up his act after a slow start in the first round, but he cannot such lapses against Nadal. The 23-year-old is an excellent defensive player, but coping with the Spaniard's heavy forehands in bouncy conditions might be a tough ask.
Moutet will be a good test for Nadal but the 21-time Grand Slam champion is likely to pass with flying colors.
Pick: Rafael Nadal to win in straight sets.