This Wednesday evening, Corentin Moutet will face Rafael Nadal at Roland-Garros. If the Spaniard already has thirteen victories, the 23-year-old Frenchman does not intend to be impressed, and is even looking forward to this match against the player he already admired as a child. On Monday, he also beat the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, winner of the 2015 edition.
A fan facing his idol. The French Corentin Moutet, 139th in the world, will face this Wednesday evening the Spanish king Rafael Nadal at Roland-Garros in the second round for the night session on the central court Philippe-Chatrier. So often, facing Nadal is not good news for the opponent, the young 23-year-old Ile-de-France player is looking forward to this match against the one he already admired as a child.
“When I was little, I slept with his tank top”
“I slept with his Roland tank top,” says Corentin Moutet, laughing. “When you’re little, you need to have idols. You need to identify with people. And then I, who was left-handed, was a bit of my inspiration. When I was little, I tried to reproduce his agility , his serve, his forehand. I imitated everything,” he recalls.
Corentin Moutet, finalist of the Doha tournament in 2020, took out in the first round with his atypical game a former winner of Roland-Garros, the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. Tonight, the man with thirteen final victories awaits him. “I’m going to try to take advantage of this match by doing my best to emerge victorious,” said the young player, who does not intend to be impressed.