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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