Shock Exit: Rafael Nadal Bows Out of French Open First Round

Rafael Nadal Knocked Out of French Open

Rafael Nadal, known as the “King of Clay,” has been knocked out of the French Open from the first round. The 14-time champion Nadal suffered defeat against fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev in straight sets of 6-3, 7-6, and 6-3.

Alongside, India’s number-1 tennis player, Sumit Nagal, also faced a tough challenge in the first round. He was defeated by world number 18 from Russia, Karen Khachanov, in straight sets of 6-2, 7-6, and 6-0. Tsitsipas and Sinner won their respective men’s singles matches. In women’s singles, top-seeded Iga Swiatek and Naomi Osaka emerged victorious.

Nadal-Zverev Match Lasted for 3 Hours

The first-round match between the 14-time champion Rafael Nadal and the young star Alexander Zverev lasted for 3 hours and 5 minutes. It was a closely contested match. Zverev claimed the first set 6-3, gaining an early lead in the match. The second set of the match was more thrilling, with both stars battling it out point by point. Zverev clinched this set 7-6, establishing his lead further. In the third set, Nadal fought hard but couldn’t make a comeback and lost 3-6.

Their last encounter was in the semifinals of the French Open 2022, where Zverev withdrew due to an injury concern.

Indian Player Makes Main Draw Debut 5 Years Later

Five years after making his debut in the qualifying rounds, Pranjnesh Gunneswaran, ranked 94th globally, secured a direct entry into the main draw of a Grand Slam following consistent performances. This marks the participation of an Indian player in the main draw of the French Open after five years. Previously, in 2019, Pranjnesh qualified for the main draw of the French Open.

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