“I just can say thank you very much to all the people that helped me and all the people that in any moment of my life helped me to be where I am.”
Nadal’s first ATP victory got here when he was 15 years previous. He beat Ramon Delgado, a Paraguayan then ranked No. 81 on the earth, in a first-round match on the Mallorca Open in 2002, a victory which netted him 15 ATP Rankings factors and a cheque for $5,850.
Eighteen years, and virtually $122 million in prize cash, later Nadal is likely one of the most profitable tennis gamers in historical past.
At the French Open final month, he equaled Federer’s report of 20 Grand Slam victories.
Nadal’s first-round match was his first since claiming his record-extending thirteenth title at Roland Garros.
“I started the match in the worst way possible, especially against a big server like Feli,” stated Nadal. “After that, I played under a lot of pressure the rest of the match, but I found a way.
“That’s the principle factor … This victory is one which I’m very pleased with. The private satisfaction generally is larger while you win these matches than in case you go on court docket and also you win 6-3 6-3.”
Nadal will face Jordan Thompson within the subsequent spherical, after the Australian rallied from a set and a break down to beat Borna Coric 2-6 6-4 6-2.
While he has had a lot success in Paris on clay courts, Nadal is aiming to win his first Paris Masters title.