Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the China Open with straight-set wins on Tuesday. He needed little more than an hour to beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1, fending off two break points as he took time to get his serve under control in the first set.
The 2005 China Open champion, seeded second in Beijing, improved his first-service percentage from 42 to 85 in the second set.
After the match, Rafa said:
Today I think I played a very solid match, playing very aggressive with my forehand. I only played one not so good game. That was at 3-1 of the first set. But for the rest I played a very good match. I’m very happy.
Since last year in Montreal I am trying to play closer to the baseline and trying to return closer to the baseline, trying to play a little bit more aggressive
Today is an important victory. There are points to try to qualify for the World Tour Finals.
Sources: AFP, ATP World Tour