Nadal pushed by British qualifier Dan Evans in opening match in Canada

Nadal pushed by British qualifier Dan Evans in opening match in Canada

Nadal pushed by British qualifier Dan Evans in opening match in Canada

Written by Reuters

08 Aug, 2019 | 5:41 pm

Reuters: Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal overcame a slow start to beat British qualifier Dan Evans 7-6(6) 6-4 on Wednesday and reach the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Nadal, playing his first match since losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals, fell behind 5-2 in the tiebreak before roaring back to prevail in his first career meeting with world number 53 Evans.

The Spaniard jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second set before the players were forced off court for a rain delay and when play resumed Evans got back on serve at 3-3 before Nadal regained his confidence and proved too strong.

The French Open champion said he did not make an ideal start as he struggled to adjust to a new playing surface given the amount of time he logged on clay and grass in recent months. Up next for Nadal, a four-times champion in Canada who has never successfully defended a hardcourt title in his career, will be Argentine Guido Pella, who was a 6-3 2-6 7-6(2) winner over Moldova’s Radu Albot.

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