Second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal overcame a weekend stomach bug to cruise in his opening match on Wednesday, dispatching Canadian wild card Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3 at the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain.
Nadal, who battled a virus on Sunday, needed 98 minutes to complete the victory on a blustery day. He faced just one break point and won 76 percent of his service points, ultimately closing it out on his sixth match point.
Thing - Days - Nadal - Day - Sets
“The important thing is to win, especially given what’s happened in the last three days,” Nadal said afterward. .”.. It’s a day to be very satisfied, very happy. I managed to win. I managed to win in two sets an opponent who was not easy, and the day was not the best. It was windy and cold.”
The 32-year-old and five-time champion of the event will next face American Frances Tiafoe, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Champion - Seed - Alexander - Zverev - Germany
Defending champion and third seed Alexander Zverev of Germany also cruised through his opening match, capping the 19-year career of a home crowd favorite in the process. Zverev won 6-4, 6-1 over 37-year-old Spaniard David Ferrer, who had already announced that this tournament would be his last before retirement.
Ferrer received tremendous support from the crowd, but Zverev converted all five of his break point opportunities, including two in a row to clinch the first set after going down a break. He cruised through the second set and wrapped up victory in 71 minutes.
Fans - Ferrer - Finalist - Open - Ovation
Fans gave Ferrer, a finalist at the French Open in 2013, a standing ovation after the match ended....
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