Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rafa Nadal wins opening match at Rogers Cup

Rafa Nadal wins opening match at Rogers Cup

Rafael Nadal cruised to easy victory in his opening match at the Rogers Cup today.

Nadal breezed past Borna Coric 6-1, 6-2 after one hour, 11 minutes of play and advanced to the third round where he will play Denis Shapovalov, who downed Juan Martin De Potro 6-3, 7-6 in a second-round match on a gusty Wednesday afternoon.

Rafa broke Coric's serve in the second game of the opening set with a forehand winner down the line and then held for a 3-0 lead.

The Spaniard broke again and had no problems to take the first set. His control continue in the second set breaking his opening in the first game and never looking back.

“Never too easy,” Nadal said. “At the beginning of the match there were great points. I think I started playing so well in the first set and in general, I played a great match. Last time that I played against him I lost, last year in Cincinnati. It was not an easy round for me.”

Shapovalov, who is just 18 years old, became the youngest player to reach the round of 16 of a Master Series tournament since Nadal in 2004 at Miami.

“He's a great opponent. He is an aggressive player. He is young, he has a lot of energy,” Nadal said about Shapovalov. “I'm sure that he will be confident after winning the first match, saving a big match against Dutra Silva, and today winning against one of the best players of the world.”

“It is great news that new young players are coming strong. I think it is important for our sport to have young people there, too. [They] always have a lot of energy, involve the crowd.”

After this win, Nadal is just two wins away from recapturing the World No.1 ranking.