Nadal wins his 800th match in Rio de Janeiro

It’s Rafa no. 800th!

Nadal may have not played his best tennis, but this match ha at least helped him to reach an important milestone in his incredible career.

In the first set against Gimeno-Traver Rafa has won the decisive break in the 6th game (4-2) to win the opener 6-3. The second set was quite a fight with Nadal recovering a 0-2 deficit and achieving the decisive break in the 11th game (6-5).

Nadal: I have to improve something

Rafa was happy by his win, but he wasn’t impressed by his tennis “I’m happy to be back in competition. I had to face a player that’s been playing for several weeks on clay courts. I have to improve some details, but I played better than I practised and that’s positive.

“Latin America is very special for me, I feel like home. The people are great to me and it’s a pleasure to be back in Brazil. I hope I can come more often.”

Next vs. Montanes

In the 2nd round Rafa will play another fellow countryman, the world no. 72 Albert Montanes. Head to head is 2-0 for Nadal.

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