French Open 2021: Rafael Nadal defeats Alexei Popyrin in three sets, advances to second round

French Open 2021 LIVE: Rafael Nadal vs Alexei Popyrin- Follow LIVE updates, Watch LIVE stream on Star Sports, Hotstar- Roland Garros 2021
French Open 2021 LIVE: Rafael Nadal vs Alexei Popyrin- Follow LIVE updates, Watch LIVE stream on Star Sports, Hotstar- Roland Garros 2021

French Open 2021: Rafael Nadal defeats Alexei Popyrin in three sets, advances to second round- Defending champion Rafael Nadal has defeated Alexei Popyrin in the first round to progress to the second round. He dropped just 2 points in the second set and three in the 1st one but faced stiff competition in the final set. The King of Clay finally won the contest 6-3, 6-2, 7-6.

The 34-year-old was seen at his best in the first set and he managed to win it easily, not giving his Australian counterpart any chance. With the victory in the first set, Nadal recorded his 300th set won at the Roland Garros.

The French Open defending champion then carried on with his momentum and he wrapped the second set in a jiffy, and he was just one set away from progressing to the second round.

Popyrin gave a tough fight in the third set and he even went on to take a 5-2 lead, but Nadal showed his class and he managed to stage a comeback to win the third set and progress to the second round.

The 34-year-old Nadal who is ranked no.3 in the world by ATP now has a win ratio of 20-3 in 2021 and 15-2 on clay.

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Rafael Nadal vs Alexei Popyrin: When where and how to watch French Open 2021 / Roland Garros 2021?

France: Amazon Prime Video

Australia: Channel Nine, 9 Go, 9GEM, 9Now and OTT-platform Stan

Brazil: Globo and Bandsports

USA: Tennis Channel, NBC Universal

Europe: Eurosport, itv, ptc

Canada: TSN, RDS

Latin America: ESPN

North America and Middle East: beIn Sports

Sub Saharan Africa: SuperSport

INDIA: Star Sports Select/ OTT-platform Disney+Hotstar

China: CMG

South East Asia: Fox Sports

Japan: TV Tokyo

New Zealand Sky: Sky

French Open 2021: What about prize money?

The total prize pool for Roland Garros 2021 is €34,367,216.

Singles
Winner: €1,400,000
Finalist: €750,000
Semifinalists: €375,000
Quarterfinalists: €255,000
Round of 16: €170,000
Third Round: €113,000
Second Round: €84,000
First Round” €60,000

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