Nadal Saves Matchpoints v Pouille In Beijing; Del Potro-Dimitrov Wednesday
by Staff | October 3rd, 2017, 10:13 pm

Playing his first official match since winning the US Open, Rafael Nadal was pushed to the very brink in his opening match against Lucas Pouille, saving two matchpoints in a 4-6, 7-6(6), 7-5 victory.

Nadal was down 6-4 in the second set breaker before winning the last four points to push the third.

“Was a very tough first round, as I say the other day,” Nadal said. “He played well, I think. Very aggressive. He’s serving well. For me was little bit difficult at the beginning. Then I started to play better. But still, I didn’t have the control of the match for almost all the time.

“He had two match points, one of them with an easy forehand more or less. But it’s like this. I remember the match against him in the US Open that I had 6-all in the tie-break, an easy forehand I missed at the net, too. That time was for him, today was for me.”

Following his eighth straight win, Nadal now moves on to meet Russian phenom Karen Khachanov.

In other matches, Alexander Zverev eased past Kyle Edmund 6-3, 7-6(3). Grigor Dimitrov went three sets to beat Damir Dzumhur. Andrey Rublev, Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner and Tomas Berdych also advanced.

Tomorrow, two marquee matches feature Mischa Zverev battling Kyrgios and then later del Potro duels Dimitrov.

ATP – [8] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs M. Zverev (GER)
Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – M. Niculescu (ROU) vs S. Peng (CHN)
WTA – [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs [2] S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [3] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [WC] J. del Potro (ARG)
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs [11] A. Radwanska (POL)

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7 Comments for Nadal Saves Matchpoints v Pouille In Beijing; Del Potro-Dimitrov Wednesday

Dan Martin Says:

I have my China Open and Japan Open predictions up at

gonzalowski Says:

Dimi has changed tactics, he’s charging to Delpo’s BH, and recovers break

Willow Says:

Dimi is only just managing to live with Delpos power hitting, i feel he needs this first set more though, if he loses this set he will fold like a cheap suit i feel ….

gonzalowski Says:

they are playing well TB 6-6, and Dimi brave on the net uff…

gonzalowski Says:

oh! Delpo 2nd fault and set for Dimi

t4t Says:

Delpo gone.
Tomorrow’s matches should be interesting. Nadal has a tough path to the finals.

Humble Rafa Says:

Nadal has a tough path to the finals.

Don’t tell Skeeze that.

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