Nadal faces 20-year-old Thiem in second round

Reuters| Last Updated: May 29, 2014, 10:22 AM IST

Paris: World number one Rafael Nadal faces highly-rated 20-year-old Dominic Thiem in the second round on Thursday as he continues his quest for a record-extending ninth French Open title.

Nadal breezed through his first-round match with a 6-0 6-3 6-0 win against Robby Ginepri while Austria`s Thiem, in just his second major tournament, beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4 7-6(3) 6-2.

Andy Murray, a two-time grand slam champion and Olympic gold medallist, is due to play Australia`s Marinko Matosevic with a place in the third round at stake.

Last year`s runner-up David Ferrer faces Italian Simone Bolelli while local favourites Gael Monfils and 12th seed Richard Gasquet are also in action.

Serbia`s Jelena Jankovic opens proceedings on Philippe Chatrier against Japan`s Kurumi Nara before compatriot Ana Ivanovic, winner of the 2008 French Open, faces Ukraine`s Elina Svitolina.