Rafael Nadal made a winning return from injury by beating Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-0 in the first round of the China Open. He will face the German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in the second round after the world No. 122 defeated big serving Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
“In general I have to be happy the way that I played. After three months without a match, winning against a good player like Richard is a very positive comeback for me. I think I played solid, no mistakes. I’m happy the way I played. … Today was an important day for me, the day that I am back. To have the support of the people, this is important. It’s an important feeling to be back in competition. I’m very happy,” said Rafa.