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.
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
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.
Round of 16: €170,000
Third Round: €113,000
Second Round: €84,000
First Round” €60,000
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