Rafael Nadal continued his comeback from his knee injury with a straightforward Brazil Open win in the first round.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal cruised to a two-set victory in his singles debut at the Brazil Open here late Thursday but then the 11-time grand slam winner blasted the ATP Tour for its choice of balls.
The former world number one needed only 78 minutes to prevail over Brazilian Joao Souza, ranked 140th in the world, 6-3, 6-4.
Nadal advanced to Friday’s quarter-finals where he will face Argentine Carlos Berlocq, who beat eighth seed Albert Ramos 7-6 (9/7), 6-4.
“It was an important victory for me,” Nadal said. “the conditions are very difficult. The court is very fast, the ball too.