Rafael Nadal beats Miomir Kecmanovic to advance into third round of Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal defeated Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic by 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in the second round of the Madrid Open

By Web Desk
May 05, 2022
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MADRID: Rafael Nadal's return from injury began with a straight-set victory over Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic in the second round of the Madrid Open.

The Spanish Tennis star won 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in his first encounter after suffering a rib ailment in March.

After sustaining a stress fracture of the rib at Indian Wells at the end of March, five-time winner Nadal did not expect to compete in Madrid.

However, the 21-time Grand Slam winner declared his participation last week and appeared in terrific form against world number 32 Kecmanovic.

Nadal breezed through the first set without facing a breakpoint, then broke for a 3-2 lead in the second set when play was halted due to rain.

Kecmanovic, who has had a career-best start to the season with 23 victories, broke back for 3-3 and repeated the feat when Nadal took his serve for a 6-5 lead.

Nadal controlled the tie-break to earn a last-16 match against either Belgium's David Goffin or the Netherlands' Botic van de Zandschulp.