Rafa Nadal won over compatriot Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-2 in the ATP Acapulco tournament on February 26.
In the first match since the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Nadal played not really as well as expected, before the opponent has never won him in all three meetings before.
In the entire 90-minute match, the owner of 19 Grand Slam lost two serves, one game per set, including the first game of the match. Despite losing more than half the points in return games, Nadal also won five games to block the ball. He scored a total of 26 winner points, and made 23 self-defeating errors.
Andujar took the lead first, taking advantage of the first-seeded faulty hand to lead 2-0 with a winner along the line. However, after a slow foreplay, Nadal caught up with the tempo of the game to restore order. The number two player in the world wins two games of defending in a row after two shots from a compatriot’s opponent.
Andujar tried to save three set-points while being 2-5, but ultimately could not save the situation. Nadal closed the first set victory with a perfect delivery game.
In the second set, the 33-year-old dominated the game by losing only one serve and winning three more games to close the ball and close the match. It was also the 16th victory in Nadal’s 18 matches in this tournament.
The opponent in the upcoming second round of the Spanish player is Miomir Kecmanovic, the winner of young Australian talent Alex de Minaur with the score 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The champions of ATP Acapluco 2005 and 2013 are raising hopes of regaining the number one world lost to Djokovic, because the gap between the two is only 325 points. If Nadal wins the championship this weekend, Djokovic will have to reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships to keep the top of the ATP scoreboard.