PARIS- Maximilian Marterer a youngster on the tour probably wondered what all the fuss was about when, two games into his first match against the best claycourt player ever on Monday, he led French Open champion Rafael Nadal 2-0 on the Spaniard’s favourite patch of red dirt.
But then the German youngster quickly realized what it feels like to be on the receiving end of the restless Nadal, who swept to a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(4) victory to reach the quarter-finals in Paris for a 12th time.
In doing so, 10-times champion Nadal extended his current streak of consecutive completed sets won at Roland Garros to 37.
He said, “My big test is every day,”
“Today was an important test. I am in the quarter-finals. And the biggest test now is the next round.
“I go day by day, and I am not worried about if I had a test or I don’t have a test. I just worry about trying to be at my 100 percent for the next day that I have to play.”
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