The Spaniard demolished by a double 6-1 his compatriot, recent semifinalist of the US Open in New York.
The Spanish Rafael Nadal, number 2 in the world ranking, returned this Wednesday to compete six and a half months after his last game and began the search for his tenth crown at the 1000 Masters in Rome, with a resounding victory by a double 6-1 against his compatriot Pablo Carreño Busta, recent US Open semifinalist, in one hour and thirteen minutes.
It seems that time stopped for Rafa. His last performance was on February 29 in Acapulco where he beat American Taylor Fritz in the final and won the 85th title of his impressive career.
Six months later, she reappeared in the Italian capital, in an empty Italian Forum due to the consequences of the pandemic, and was a steamroller. Carreño, 18th in the ATP, who had just reached the semifinals of the Us Open in which he had Alexander Zverev on the ropes but ended up losing the passage to the final game in five sets, could do nothing against Rafa.
In the heads-up between the Spanish there were six matches and all ended with Nadal’s victory.
The return to Rome started with a break in favor of Carreño that invited to imagine a fought duel, but none of that happened. Immediately, the tennis player born in Manacor recovered the service and all the equality seen in those first two games (they lasted 16 minutes) was crushed by an outstanding level of Rafa who would no longer slow down.
It took just 19 minutes to win five consecutive games, with a partial of twelve points to one included, and win the first set.
The second set followed a similar script. Nadal took the serve from Carreño in the third game and led the way with his powerful forehand to get another break in the fifth and escape 4-1. He did not grant any break opportunity after which he canceled at the beginning of the duel and sentenced the match with a final 6-1 in one hour and thirteen minutes.
The one from Manacor will meet his rival in the round of 16 on Thursday, who will be the winner of the match between the Canadian Milos Raonic, number 19 in the world, and the Serbian Dusan Lajovic, number 25.
Rafa They are 8-2 in previous meetings against Raonic and 2-0 against Lajovic.
With information from EFE