(AP) – After an hour-long delay for rain, Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round at the Rio Open with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Pablo Carreno Busta.
He will face fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the next round.
Rafa, who won the tournament in 2014 said: ‘Almagro is a tough player and clay is his favourite surface It’s going to be the Difficult match I’ll have to play my best.’
Our champ won gold in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but missed the London Olympics with an injury. Despite being asked about it repeatedly, he’s staying away from talking about the Rio Olympics that open in six months.
“The Olympics is a very important event, a very special one, and I’m going to try my best when the Olympics arrive,” Rafa said. “But for now I’m playing the ATP tournament in Rio. That’s the most important thing for me.”