A better sign, Rafael Nadal winning or Marcos Baghdatis taking Nadal to three sets? Playing in his first match getting crushed by Juan Martin Del Potro in the US Open semifinals, Nadal defeated Baghdatis 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the first round at the Beijing China Open.
“I didn’t play my best tennis, but I’m very happy with how I played in the last four games, very aggressive with the forehand and going to the net,” Nadal told Reuters. “My body is okay today, and tomorrow, I hope.”
Nadal improves his perfect Beijing record to 12-0 with the victory. And he now gets a date with James Blake in round two.
Not so fortunate was American Andy Roddick who unceremoniously was shown the exits by qualifier Lukas Kubot. I have to wonder if Roddick, a professed football fan, was at odds last night over sleeping vs. watching the NFL’s regular season Game of the Century, the Vikings v. Packers in Brett Favre’s return against his old team.
“I’m going to be making obvious statements here but I didn’t play well,” Roddick said to the local press. “I was just trying stuff out there and nothing seemed to be working that well.”
Also winning in Beijing were Dayvdenko, Verdasco, Soderling and Gonzalez. No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic won yesterday.
In Tokyo, Del Po found out the hard way what’s it’s like to be a Grand Slam champ. In his first tour match since his US Open win DelPo fell apart to qualifer Eduard Roger-Vasselin losing 6-4, 6-4.
“Pressure and expectations, meet DelPo. DelPo please meet pressure and expectations. Hope you guys have a good, fruitful future relationship.”
Gilles Simon, Lleyton Hewitt and Tomas Berdch also won today in Tokyo which is now wide open thanks to the Argy’s elimination.
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