Rafael Nadal's debut in Canada came plagued by unforeseen discomforts. In a match that had to stop three times because of the rain, world number two won 7-6 (6) and 6-4, in two hours, Daniel Evans, who raised more opposition than You could wait. The Spanish start in a tournament where he starts as a top favorite, absent Djokovic and Federer.
Nadal had to wait for the resumption of the game after seven minutes of the first interruption due to the rain to win the first point on Evans' service, thanks to a double foul. The left-hander had gone to the chair with 3-2 down, thanks to the break achieved by the British in the first game. Evans, who came from overcoming the previous one and winning Alex de Miñaur in the initial round, one of the young people who points but still does not give, saw how the Spaniard returned stability to the game, threatening his serve.
The one in Birmingham spends porte and tennis from another era. Number 53 in the world, enjoy your 29 years happy moments. After winning two consecutive challengers , in Wimbledon he was close to anticipating his appointment with Nadal in the round of 16, after glaring on fire before losing to Joao Sousa, and now he has made his debut in the final draw of the Canadian tournament. Almost a month after falling against Federer at the All England Club, it took Nadal to resume his pulse to the competition. He had two set balls in the tenth game, but he had to wait for the tie-breaker to make it his own, after neutralizing the two that his adversary had, thrown, brave, successful with the service, convinced by moments that he could stand before the game of his life.
It was not because the tournament's four-time champion knew how to pull ex officio and overcome difficulties, those created by Evans and those favored by a low percentage with the serve and an unusually erratic game, with which he could not erode the backhand with one hand of his rival. Not even in the second set he ruled as usual. He broke soon and had a 4-1 ball before the Briton recovered the serve and dilated the outcome. It is clear that Nadal was far from his best level. Already in the eighth, it has weapons and horizon to make things better.
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