Rafael Nadal comfortably saw off Argentina‘s Facundo Bagnis on Philippe Chatrier 6-3 6-0 6-3.
The victory also represented Nadal’s 200th win in grand slam competition.Nadal started slowly against Bagnis, a 26-year-old ranked No. 99, losing his opening service game and falling behind 2-0. Nadal, however, would turn the tide quickly, winning 12 of 13 games to take a commanding two-sets-to-love lead.Nadal meets Spanish countryman Marcel Granollers, the world No. 56, in the third round on Saturday. Nadal has won all four of their meetings in straight sets, including earlier this spring in Barcelona.
Nadal can move past Pete Sampras to No. 7 on the list with four more victories — which would put him into the final. The American had 203 total wins at majors in his career.Nadal has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 365-34 mark. He moves to 200-30 at the majors and looks to capture a 10th French Open this fortnight, which would be a major record – man or woman.
Nadal and Djokovic are slated to meet in the semifinals here a year after Djokovic beat his Spanish rival for the first time at Roland Garros in the quarterfinals. The Serb, however, is still in search of his first French Open title, and with it, the completion of the career Grand Slam.