Rafael Nadal defeated Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in straight sets to reach round 2 of the China Open at Beijing, 6-2, 6-4. His next opponent is Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, whom he defeated in round 4 of the US Open a few weeks ago in New York City.
The first set started slow, but in true Rafa style, the champ made adjustments and broke late in the set to take on a lead, taking the set 6-2. The second set started well, with Rafa breaking in the first game, only to be broken back. The pattern repeated once more, when Rafa broke to be up 5-2 and was broken again. Rafa took the set and the match at 6-4.
On to round 2! Vamos!