The Spanish Rafael Nadal (1) He returned with a note against the Lithuanian classified from the previous Ricardas Berankis, whom defeated by a comfortable 6-2 7-5 in the second round of the Melbourne Summer Set, after being separated from individual competition for a period of six months.
“I am very happy to be back racing and what better place than Australia to do it.. It is very important to start with victory to be able to play again tomorrow ”He commented in the interview that took place on the Rod Laver Arena track after the conclusion of a crash that lasted an hour and a half.
Nadal buried the ghosts generated in the last six months after undergoing surgery on the left foot and passing a positive for Covid-19 by sealing a brilliant performance against a Berankis he had not faced before.
The manacorí displayed a solid service that catapulted him into the scoreboard of the first round after adding 80% of the points with first serves.
His right reversed, so characteristic of the Balearic repertoire, it worked perfectly on those occasions when the talented Berankis couldn't get through enough with his backhand.
The only moments of doubt seized Nadal in the last heatThe result of his long time away from the slopes, after giving up one of his first serves in which he let slip a 40-15 advantage, as well as the serve with 5-3 in his favor.
His next rival will be known after the conclusion of the clash that He will face the local Alexei Popyrin with the Dutch Tallon Griekspoor.
The sixth world ranked Nadal plans to jump back on the track in the afternoon pass with his compatriot Jauma munar to dispute the second round doubles match against Croatian Franko Skugor and Kazakh Andrey Golubev (4).