World No. 2 Rafael Nadal opened his campaign for a sixth Mutua Madrid Open crown on Wednesday by beating Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime in a very good 6-3, 6-3 victory over 97 minutes for a place in the third round.
Rafa was far more successful on first serves, winning 84 per cent of his points when he got it in as compared to 65 per cent for Auger-Aliassime. The Canadian made 30 unforced errors, 14 more than our champ.
After the match, Rafa said:
It has been a tough few days with a virus in the stomach. So for me the main thing was the victory and it happened in straight sets.
Felix is a great opponent, a great player and he’ll be a great champion. It’s been a tough first round and I’m very happy to be through.
Rafa now has an impressive 50-8 record at this event and he will next face American Frances Tiafoe, who knocked out Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.