PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal wins first match in Madrid

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open after a 6-4, 6-3 win over American Steve Johnson. The match lasted an hour and 14 minutes.

Waiting for the King of Clay in the last 16 of the tournament is Italian Simone Bolelli, who defeated countryman Luca Vanni in three sets.


  1. Congrats Rafa for the win. We know you are going to bite the trophy by the end of Mutua Madrid. Vamos Rafa!!

  2. I hope Rafa can get back on track soon but I fear it won’t be in time for the French Open this year all players can go through bad patches like Roger awhile back and Stan but the press make such a big deal when its Rafa putting him down its no wonder his confidence is low but whatever the outcome he has a great loving family who will be there for him but I do hope with all my heart he can still win the French and many many many more

  3. The road ahead is still very, very rough! I just hope Rafa will not start opening his mouth and revealing to the world (the press) the tactics and secrets he used to win.

    He needs to stay focussed always!!

    A word is enough for the wise and I know that team Rafa is wise.

  4. Love you, will always do so. Every time you missed a shot, my heart went boom.
    Gr8 to watch u play. Was waiting anxiously for the day to arrive so I cud c u play.

    All the best. Keep it going.

    God bless you always. 🌷 🌸 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹

    • same here I’m sleeping and dreaming Rafa grunt jump out my sleep and turn the TV on See it’s Rafa OMG makes me so happy he’s so inspiring to me tough and strong what a warrior on court !

  5. Good start from Rafa with very good shots. Still uncharacteristic mistakes that would make a difference. Work in progress…
    Vamos !!

  6. Great but watch the drop shots. Go to the net more. Winnipeg Fan Club Canada. Lucille Ball could dance backwards in high heels… can you .

  7. Vamos dear Rafa!!! : ) Very enjoyable match & a swift , nice victory !!!!! : ) FH & corner shots are back with your old racket …… you looked awesome on the court!!!!!!!!!!! ci …ci….Have lots of fun celebrating your first win !!!! : ) God bless you & Best wishes always!!! : )

  8. Good start of the tournament. Take rest Rafa and all the best for tomorrow. Vamos Rafa!!!<3

  9. I just saw my sweet Rafa win his match. He made my day; he always does. Congrats Rafa. Who loves you more than MOI.

    Keep it going Rafa

  10. Congratulations Rafa. God Bless You. Keep up the good work. Love from your Aussie Nana.

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