Rafael Nadal showed no signs of rust in his first action in a month as the top seed easily dispatched Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-3 at the Acapulco International on Tuesday.
Rafa, competing for the first time since falling to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final, has reached the final in all three previous appearances in Acapulco and now has a record of 15-1 in the event.
“I’m happy for the victory. It’s never easy against Mischa, especially without competing for awhile,” said Rafa. “I’ll try to enjoy this moment for the next few hours and then be ready for tomorrow.”
The world No. 2 faces Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16 after the Australian defeated Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 7-5.
“This tournament is hard and there’s a lot of great players, so these kinds of matches can happen in the early stages,” said Rafa. “Nick is one of the most talented players on tour. It’s a big challenge for me and I hope to be ready for it.”
Sources: Reuters, ATP Tour