Rafa Nadal: “I didn’t expect such a good debut”

Rafael Nadal He has returned after a six-month break and has done so with a landslide victory over Pablo Carreño. In the fraticidal duel of the second round of the Masters 1000 in Rome, the world number two beat the recent US Open semifinalist by a double 6-1. The king of the land is back, but even he didn’t expect to return to that level: “I did not expect such a good debut”.

The one from Manacor spoke at the conclusion of the match on the central court of the Foro Italico. Nadal was surprised by the good level shown during the first match That he had been playing since March, as he commented as soon as the clash ended. «I played a great game», Spanish has stood out.

Nadal got rid of Carreño in just over an hour and a half, giving up just two games in the entire match. There was expectation to see if the Asturian was able to stand up to Rafa on the land of Rome, after touching the final of the United States Open. However, he accused the effort made in recent weeks, as Nadal also recognized: “He was a bit tired, but it’s a perfect start for me.”

Being the Mallorcan’s first game after the suspension caused by the coronavirus, it was his first time playing behind closed doors. Nadal, used to the heat of the public, has noticed its absence. The Spaniard has dedicated a few words to his followers and, especially, to an Italian public who will not be able to enjoy the best tennis this year. “Is rare. Playing without an audience anywhere is difficult, but here in Rome it’s a very lively crowd. I miss them”, said the tennis player.