Nadal defeats Marterer in Straight Sets
Rafael Nadal blazed his way past his younger opponent, Maximillian Marterer, during their Round of 16 encounter. Dropping the first two games in the first set, Nadal proceeded to initiate Marterer on some of the finer points of championship tennis play. The match did have its moments, but the 70th World Ranked Marterer was finally upstaged by some big hitting from the veteran champion.
The initial advantage that Marterer seemed to have was quickly lost when he double-faulted to hand Nadal the chance to break his serve and take the first set. However, Marterer showed that he was there to play for the more than just the experience, and seemed to have some knowledge of his opponents strengths and weaknesses. Having once practised with Nadal, Marterer has commented on the force behind the former’s forehands, so he was certainly prepared for them. However, performing at one’s peak on the world stage being far from similar to the practice volleys during training, the 22-year-old rising German tennis star proved to be no match for the mighty Nadal on his quest for yet another Grand Slam title.
Nadal defeated Marterer in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(4), notching up his 900th career tour win, and even threatening a record for the number of consecutive sets won at the French Open currently held by Bjorn Borg. The record stands at 41, but those who have been following the Spanish Tennis players career seem to believe that it will not be very long before this too is under his belt, along with an 11th win here at Roland Garros. Nadal’s next match is against Diego Schwartzman, from Argentina.