After a surprise defeat to Fabio Fognini at the Monte Carlo Masters, Rafael Nadal had to fight hard to hold off Leonardo Mayer on Wednesday, edging to a 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-2 win to reach the third round of the Barcelona Open.
The Argentine tried to do something that’s never happened in the Spanish legend’s career but our champ played better and the stats are still on his side – Rafa has never lost two consecutive matches on clay.
After the match, Rafa said:
It has been a tough start, not the best feeling this afternoon. I just found a way to keep going to win the match. He competed well against me and I was probably not competing very well. The attitude was correct and I worked to be able to continue in the tournament.
Rafa will face fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, who eased past Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-1. Our champ has won all of his last four meetings with Ferrer.