Flawless Nadal races into French Open second round

epa04768598 Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Quentin Halys of France during their first round match for the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 26 May 2015. EPA/YOAN VALAT

Rafael Nadal started his quest for a record-breaking 10th French Open title in merciless fashion, demolishing Australian Sam Groth 6-1 6-1 6-1 on Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Spaniard, who will play either Argentine Facundo Bagnis or French qualifier Kenny de Schepper in the second round, played flawless tennis throughout, making only three unforced errors in a one-sided match.

Nadal, who turns 30 next week, has won two titles on clay this season, including the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

He ended his opponent’s misery with a trademark crosscourt forehand winner on his second match point on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

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