• Spaniard defeats German 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in Paris
• Roger Federer continues comeback on clay
It usually takes only a couple of matches for Rafael Nadal to remind everyone why he is always favourite to win here – not just the titles, which he has won an extraordinary 11 times, but points, games, sets and matches.
And so it was on day four of the 2019 French Open when he beat his second German qualifier called Yannick, Herr Maden joining Herr Hanfmann (who took only six games off the Spaniard in the first round). Maden, ranked 114 in the world, didn’t do much better. Nadal, extended only in a tricky third set when his concentration dipped, took 2hr 9min to win 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on a warm Wednesday afternoon.