Rafael Nadal put any ankle concerns behind him by hammering countryman Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-2 Friday at the Miami Open. Nadal, a 4-time finalist at the event, showed no signs of the right ankle he injured earlier this week in practice.
“In general, I think I played a solid match,” said Nadal. “I played well. I had good movement. I had to put the balls in and play with no mistakes; that was the idea today with very tough conditions. Almagro was not an easy opponent for the first round. I am happy for that.”
A future opponent for Nadal, Tomas Berdych, overcame a break deficit in the second to beat 18-year-old Hyeon Chung 6-3, 6-4.
Two-time champion Andy Murray also cruised, taking out American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2.
“I played well against him the last couple of times,” said Murray who lives part-time in Miami. “Obviously today was a very different match to Davis Cup; completely different conditions. The tactics that you go into the match with completely change because of the weather and the wind.
“Sometimes it can be ridiculously hot, and that [means] managing the points and your emotions and your physical condition. Today it was just very tough weather to play good tennis in. I just tried to play smart, and it worked.”
Stan Wawrinka and Kevin Anderson also advanced winning three setters. Sam Querrey led Anderson by a set and a break before crashing out.
In the lone upset, Dominic Thiem beat No. 10 seed Feliciano Lopez.
Due to late afternoon rains, several matches were delayed including the 2015 debut of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
On Saturday, defending champion Novak Djokovic is back fresh off his Indian Wells title. The Serb meets Martin Klizan.
“Hopefully I can have another great week in Miami,” the 4-time champ Djokovic said. “Some of my best tennis I have played here in these courts.”
David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov and John Isner are also in action.
MIAMI SATURDAY SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – K. Kanepi (EST) vs  C. Wozniacki (DEN)
T. Smyczek (USA) vs  J. Tsonga (FRA)
 S. Williams (USA) vs M. Niculescu (ROU)
ATP –  G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs V. Pospisil (CAN)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP –  N. Djokovic (SRB) vs M. Klizan (SVK)
Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA –  A. Radwanska (POL) vs  I. Begu (ROU)
GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP –  K. Nishikori (JPN) vs M. Youzhny (RUS)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs  A. Petkovic (GER)
ATP – [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs  J. Isner (USA)
Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA –  V. Williams (USA) vs  S. Stosur (AUS)
ATP – T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs  M. Raonic (CAN)
ATP –  P. Cuevas (URU) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)
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