After a slow start, he quickly recovered to beat Rinky Hijikata of Australia 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, and 6-3.
Nadal, 36-year-old spanish star chasing a 23rd Grand Slam title will face Fabio Fognini in his next match
Nadal has a career advantage of 13-4 over the Italian player Fognini, but Fabio famously defeated Nadal in the third round of the US Open in 2015.
Rafel Nadal was ranked world No.1 for 209 weeks and has won 14 French Open titles and 22 Grand Slam men's singles titles, which is an all-time record.
"Very happy, it's been a long wait," "I felt that maybe I wouldn't be back here again... so, thank you everyone." Nadal said, after winning his first match in this tournament since 2019.