Rafael Nadal Australian Open 2021

‘It was a good start,’ says Rafael Nadal after dominant Monte-Carlo opener

Rafael Nadal said he played a ‘solid match’ as he opened his Monte-Carlo Masters campaign with a typically dominant win.

The King of Clay came up against Federico Delbonis on Wednesday, and easily overpowered the qualifier 6-1, 6-2.

Nadal was rarely troubled throughout, and showed no signs of the back injury that plagued him at the start of the year at the Australian Open.

“It was a good start and it’s always good to come back to the competition with the victory,” Nadal said.

“I think I played a solid match and I had to keep going. I had some positive feelings.

“We have been playing against each other for a long time so we know each other well.

“I have respect for every opponent and of course for Federico it is no exception.

“He played some amazing matches on clay, winning tournaments, so maximum respect.”

Rafael Nadal can now expect a much sterner test in round three when he comes up against Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Jeremy Chardy 7-6, 6-4.

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