Rafael Nadal Wins Buenos Aires Opener; Zverev Shines In Rotterdam, Monfils Next
by Staff | February 12th, 2016, 9:34 am

It wasn’t his best performance, but Rafael Nadal was a winner in his opener in his Buenos Aires title last night. In a rematch of the 2015 final Nadal beat good friend Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-4, also overcoming a stomach ache.

“I’m happy for the victory,” Nadal said. “The start was tough, as Juan is a good player and the big humidity here in Argentina made it difficult. I am happy to be through and hope to be ready for tomorrow.

“It’s really humid. I had a stomach ache during the match, but (on Friday) I have a new chance to keep growing,” he said.

Nadal was broken four times and won just 40% of his second serves. Next up later this afternoon will be Italian veteran Paolo Lorenzi.

“I don’t like playing at 4:00 p.m. with the heat and humidity, but there’s no choice because he’s playing doubles. Paolo Lorenzi is a difficult opponent who just pulled off a comeback win (over Argentine Diego Schwartzman),” Nadal told EFE.

“He knows how to play tennis and presents problems. I’m going to try to play aggressively and try to win.”

David Ferrer, who beat Renzo Olivo, faces Pablo Cuevas and Nicolas Almagro meets Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

In Rotterdam, 18-year-old Alexander Zverev won the biggest match of his young career beating Gilles Simon 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(4).

“The crowd helped me so much,” Zverev said. “I really had to give it all I’ve got. When I was cramping, my box was worried, but I fought hard and stayed in there. Gilles can run all day long so it was tough for me physically.”

Zverev faces another Frenchman tonight in Gael Monfils. “We’ll see how I feel because right now I’m quite exhausted, but I am very happy to be in the quarter-finals.”

The streaking Roberto Bautista Agut and US Open champion Marin Cilic are also in action.

Zverev wasn’t the only youngster shining. In Memphis, Taylor Fritz reached his first ATP-level quarterfinal after beating countryman Steve Johnson in two tiebreakers.

“I played the big points well,” the 18-year-old Fritz said. “He had a lot more chances than me. He didn’t do anything wrong, but I played just about as well as I could play on the big points. I think that was the difference.”

Fritz will face Benjamin Becker today. Three-time defending champion Kei Nishikori is also on court.

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9 Comments for Rafael Nadal Wins Buenos Aires Opener; Zverev Shines In Rotterdam, Monfils Next

Gbati Says:

Wasn’t a very impressive performance by Rafa but a win’s a win. I hope he wins this tourney

Humble Rafa Says:

I played with a stomachache. Give me a break. Sure, it’s fever, which is now elevated to a very serious condition because a certain someone had it a few weeks ago, stomach aches can be difficult.

skeezer Says:

The old excuse when I lose and excuse when I win is back again. So Rafa beat a good player(so he says) with a stomach ache. How do ya feel about that Juan? Got beat by a stomach ache.

FedExpress Says:

what a mug cilic has become after his US open win. wtf has happened to him?

FedExpress Says:

his serve isnt a weapon anymore

Wog Boy Says:

“what a mug cilic has become after his US open win. wtf has happened to him?”

His mum is not buying him glucose tablets anymore, his body shrunk to normal himself since USO 2014.

Emily Says:

Really hoping Taylor Fritz isn’t just a lot of hype, a la Donald Young. He really hits that forehand and seems to have confidence

Pauly Says:

Wog Boy

Cilic got lucky … Big time
No Nadal Federer out of form
The puppet nishikori beat out of sorts Djokovic
Cilic was lucky that’s it
His best tennis can trouble some top 10 players but in form players in the top 4 would kick his butt easy
He’s average player

jane Says:

congrats to popsicle/mahut for the doubles win in rotterdam!

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