Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the Rio Open by defeating Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-1. He extended his head-to-head record over the World No. 64 to 4-0 after the 91-minute win.
Rafael Nadal: “The important thing is play a tough match like this in the first round and win. And always beating someone in their home country, where he has a lot of support, is tough. I always have a good feeling playing on clay and I’m into the second round. That’s that matters. The first set was very even, and Thomaz is very dangerous on this surface. The second set I started right off with an advantage and I felt more relaxed.” (via AP)