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Nadal starts with victory in Madrid: Del Potro falls

Nadal starts with victory in Madrid: Del Potro falls

The Spanish Rafa Nadal began with victory in the Madrid tournament, beating the young Canadian pearl Félix Auger-Aliassime by 6-3 and 6-3, while the Argentine Juan Martín del Potro fell to the Serbian Laslo Djere, who won 6-3 , 2-6, 7-5.

Nadal, lethal with his crossed backhand, imposed his seniority to win in 1 hour and 35 minutes the young Canadian, who had entered the main draw with an invitation.

The world number two will be measured in the third round, for a place in the quarterfinals, against American Frances Tiafoe, who had previously beaten German Philipp Kohlshreiber 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Worse luck was the Argentine Del Potro who fell to Djere on his return to the tracks since last February, when he decided to stop competing to fully recover from his knee operation.

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The one from Tandil fell after 2 hours and 20 minutes of play, in a match that showed his lack of rhythm and games.

Djere will face Croatian Marin Cilic in the next round.

In the morning, the Bolivian tennis player Hugo Dellien made the Japanese Kei Nishikori suffer although he finally ended up falling by a double 7-5.

Dellien, world number 109 and out of the qualifying rounds, dealt with Nishikori, world number seven, face to face for two hours.

The Bolivian saw how Nishikori broke his serve in the eleventh game of the first set despite lifting three break balls and reaching the ‘deuce’.

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The Japanese tennis player later served to take the sleeve.

History repeated itself in the second set, in which the Japanese with two consecutive service breaks managed to get 6-5 and serve to take the sleeve and the match.

Nishikori will face Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16, who beat Argentine Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday.

Pella fell in 1 hour and 29 minutes before the Swiss, who was very complete on the Madrid clay.

Also Argentine Diego Schwartzman bowed to French Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-2 in just one hour.

The Frenchman will face world number one Novak Djokovic in the next round.

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Another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, beat the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, and will face the Swiss Roger Federer in the second round.

The Madrid Tournament is played on clay in parallel in male and female categories. AFP

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