x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Nadal digs his way out

Rafael Nadal, the world No 1, survives a major scare in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Rafael Nadal was made to battle by Italy's Simone Bolelli in Rotterdam.
Rafael Nadal was made to battle by Italy's Simone Bolelli in Rotterdam.

Rafael Nadal, the world No 1, survived a major scare in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. The newly-crowned Australian Open champion was a set down to Italy's Simone Bolelli before fighting back to secure a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. It was the pair's first meeting and the top seed struggled to counter Bolelli's hitting. Andy Murray battled his way into the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 victory in an error-strewn meeting with Andreas Seppi. Mikhail Youzhny knocked out sixth-seeded David Ferrer to reach the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory. Defending champion Michaël Llodra beat Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Gilles Simon overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 7-6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won two tie-breaks to see off Jess Huta Galung 7-6, 7-6.

Elsewhere, third-seeded James Blake opened his San Jose Open campaign in style, handing a 6-3, 6-4 defeat to fellow American Vince Spadea on Wednesday. Sam Querrey knocked off Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 5-7, 7-6. Juan Martin Del Potro, the second seed, outlasted Andrea Stoppini 7-6, 7-6. Radek Stepanek triumphed over Chris Guccione 6-2, 7-6, while Tommy Haas edged past Christophe Rochus 6-2, 7-5.

* Agencies