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Nadal Escapes, Wins in Three

Photo of Rafael Nadal by Chris Taylor.

Photo of Rafael Nadal by Chris Taylor.

World number 1 Rafael Nadal hasn’t had it easy in his first tournament since his epic Australian Open victory. In the second round of Rotterdam, he was to face the winner of last year’s junior Wimbledon and U.S. Open, Grigor Dimitrov. Nadal was in control of the match early, but in the second set, Dimitrov came alive and made several brilliant shots. He broke Nadal in eighth game of the second set and was able to close it out, 6-3. Nadal’s fitness took control in the third set, as he was able to wear down the 17-year-old.

Dimitrov still has a long way to go, as he is currently ranked in the 400s. However, he will likely be one of the up-and-coming stars of the future.

Nadal next faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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