After a shock loss over the weekend to Dominic Thiem in Buenos Aires, Rafael Nadal got back on track best Pablo Carreno Busta 61, 64 in a first round match that was suspended late in the first set due to rain.
“I think I played a fantastic first set,” said Nadal. “Then in the second, the conditions were so heavy. It was so difficult to serve, so there were a lot of breaks. I was able to survive there. It’s important not to get frustrated in that moment, when you have the advantage and then he breaks you back. I stayed calm. I had more chances to break again. It’s a very good victory for me and I’m very happy.”
Nadal, who won the Rio title in 2014 and made the semifinals last year, will now meet Buenos Aires runner-up Nicolas Almagro on Thursday.
“Almagro is a very difficult opponent on every surface, but especially on clay, which is his best surface. I know it’s going to be a difficult match. I will need to play at a high level to have chances. I will try.”
Buenos Aires champion Thiem also won along with David Ferrer, Fabio Fognini and Federico Delbonis.
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