PARIS, May 24 (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal started his quest for a record-breaking 10th French Open title in merciless fashion, demolishing Australian Sam Groth 6-1 6-1 6-1 on Tuesday.
The fourth-seeded Spaniard, who will play either Argentine Facundo Bagnis or French qualifier Kenny de Schepper in the second round, played flawless tennis throughout, making only three unforced errors in a one-sided match.
Nadal, who turns 30 next week, has won two titles on clay this season, including the Monte Carlo Masters in April.
He ended his opponent's misery with a trademark crosscourt forehand winner on his second match point on Court Suzanne Lenglen. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)