Deprived of the primary clay court docket tournaments of the season, Rafael Nadal due to this fact discovered his favourite floor on the Masters 1000 in Madrid after a month and a half of absence for a rib harm. A return all of the extra anticipated in the primary a part of the season, on onerous courts, Nadal had misplaced just one match, in the Indian Wells closing in opposition to Taylor Fritz, and gained the primary Grand Slam of the yr.
Strange state of affairs to feed some issues in opposition to him when he finds the ocher underneath his soles. The first was to know if he had regained all of his bodily means. His mere presence in Madrid was an enormous a part of the reply because it was unthinkable for the Spaniard to take the slightest danger earlier than Roland-Garros. His first coaching classes confirmed that he was capable of hit the ball at full energy. There remained slightly doubt about his capability to serve at full pace as a result of it was the shot he had delayed the longest to renew.
Doubts about Nadal's health have been solely short-lived as he warmed up and located some size in his pictures. And it was not Miomir Kecmanovic, swept 6-1 in the primary set who was going to say the other. Without taking part in badly, the Serb was merely dominated by one of the best participant in the world on clay.
A decisive recreation to make the distinction
Curious, too, to see the return of the king to his land, the rain invited itself initially of the second set, forcing the roof to be closed. Half an hour later, Nadal resumed his demolition enterprise. Time to avoid wasting a break level with an enormous serve and Nadal had discovered the rhythm. The focus, it was slightly extra fickle and a small rest value him a break permitting Kecmanovic to choose up at 3-3.
Faced with an opponent who had develop into extra eye-catching, Nadal sought to fluctuate his recreation, in specific by coming to the web extra usually. At 5-5, he tightened the sport to make the break. But Nadal, much less efficient, couldn't full the match on his serve and located himself pushed to the tie-break. Kecmanovic couldn't increase his stage there to doubt an opponent struggling to conclude. And Nadal due to this fact continues his approach in the desk.