Rafael Nadal (3rd) beat smoothly Federico Delbonis (87 °) for 6-1 and 6-2 and debuted with a victory in the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000, tournament in which he has eleven titles.
The Spanish was thoroughly from the first moment pressing the Argentine with all his shots and from all over the field. He achieved great effectiveness with his ground shots and broke every chance he had to do so.
In the second sleeve, although Delbonis improved his level, it was not enough for a Nadal which was a little less accurate than the first but just as effective.
With this victory Nadal will face Grigor Dimitrov (17th), a rival that has already been measured 14 times with 13 wins for the Spanish and only one for the Bulgarian in Beijing 2016.