Swiatek beat American Sofia Kenin in straight sets in last year’s final to claim her maiden Grand Slam title and is one of the favourites to win this year’s event as well.
“It was great. It wasn’t a surprise because I had to prepare. Write some small talk topics, not to have awkward silence,” said Swiatek after her opening win.
“But Rafa is really, really great. He’s a really nice guy. Even though I am pretty introverted, it was really fun for me.
The Spaniard is in good form having warmed up for the event by beating world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rome Masters.
He is drawn to face the Serb again in the semi-finals having beaten Djokovic in last year’s French Open final to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20-Grand Slam singles titles.
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