The Spanish Rafa Nadal returned with everything. This Wednesday, six and a half months after his last game, he began the search for his tenth crown at the 1,000 Masters in Rome with a resounding 6-1 and 6-1 victory over his compatriot Pablo Carreño Busta, in one hour and thirteen minutes.
After conquering the Acapulco tournament in his last match, played on March 1 against the American Taylor Fritz, Nadal returned to compete in Rome, showing a good level, in a center court of the Foro Italico in which last year he achieved his ninth Roman title.
The one from Manacor will meet his rival in the round of 16 this Thursday, who will be the winner of the match between Canadian Milos Raonic, world number 19, and Serbian Dusan Lajovic, number 25. Rafa has an 8-2 advantage in the clashes previous against Raonic and 2-0 against Lajovic.
After giving up participating in the United States Open, Rafa was measured against Carreño, number 18 in the world ranking, who did go to New York and reached the semifinals, in which he surrendered to German Alexander Zverev in five sets despite winning the first two.
Despite connecting only 49% of first serves, Nadal was able to conquer 80% of the points with his second serve and added with authority his 62nd victory on the clay of the Foro Italico.