Rafael Nadal this Monday starts its way in Roland Garros 2020. The twelve-time tournament champion will be measured in the Philippe Chatrier’s last shift, in mid-afternoon, to Belarusian Egor Gerasimov, number 83 in the world. It will be in a first favorable a priori test for the Spaniard to seek sensations in Paris.
A different Paris to the usual spring. The time of the game can make it be played under artificial lighting, different conditions than those that Nadal masters perfectly at Roland Garros. The Balearic Islands faces an encounter that can allow him catch the rhythm that he lacked a few days ago in Rome and with which he hopes to build a solid game that has been difficult to see in him in the few tournaments played this season. Champion in Acapulco in February, the absence of tournaments on the calendar (just Rome on land) is the slab with which he arrives in Paris.
This was recognized this Sunday by Nadal’s coach, a Carlos Moyà who assured that the level of his pupil is good in training. However, confidence must be given by victories. Rafa seems to have some favorable first rounds to look for them, so today he will try to take the first step to dominate again with his game in the tournament that has seen him shine so many times.
A rival awaits him who, at 27, is experiencing his best season in 2020. Finalist in Pune in February, Gerasimov It then managed to touch the top 70 ATP. Right-handed, he will measure the level of the drive of a Nadal who wants to win and convince.
Nadal has been training at Roland Garros since last week
Garbiñe also debuts this Monday
He starts his journey this Monday also in Paris Garbiñe Muguruza. He does it against the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek in the second turn of the Simonne-Mathieu. Muguruza arrives ready to extend the good feelings shown in Rome.
They also play Pablo Carreño (against John Millman), Albert Ramos (Adrian Mannarino), Aliona Bolsava (Jasmine Paolini), Pedro Martinez (Aleksandar Vukic) and Feliciano lopez (Daniel Altmaier). Dominic Thiem, one of the great favorites, is measured at Marin cilic in one of the star duels.