The bet-at-home open kick started yesterday and Rafael Nadal was the man to look out for as he returns to Hamburg after a period of seven years. The withdrawal of David Ferrer made Nadal the top seed of the tournament.
Nadal took on his countrymen Verdasco in his first round encounter and defeated him in three sets 3-6,6-1,6-1. After a shaky start to the first set the Spaniard managed to turn things around in the next two sets. Nadal had a healthy first serve percentage of 86 in the first set but he managed to hit just only 3 winners and made many unforced errors which was his undoing in the first set.
Nadal was good enough to change the tempo of the game in the second set and converted 2 of his 4 break points and never let Verdasco to dictate play and made less unforced errors compared to the previous sets and ended up taking the second set 6-1. Nadal was able to change the momentum on his side. In the third set Nadal broke in the first service game of Verdasco and took the much needed lead early and never let Verdasco to settle. The Spaniard broke three times in his six attempts in the third set whereas Verdasco failed to break Nadal once in second and third sets.
This is what the Spaniard has to say after his post-match press conference:
“It’s a very important victory,” said Nadal. “For my mentality, it is important to finish the match better than how I started. To be able to make that change during the match was a very positive thing to me. I’m just happy with the way I came back.”
Below is the other results of day one action at bet-at-home open:
Seppi def. Klizan: 6-2, 6-4
Bolelli def. Rosol: 7-6(3), 7-6(6)
Munar def. Garcia-Lopez: Retired
Fognini def. Chardy: 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4
Bedene def. Gimeno-Traver: 6-4, 6-1
Bautista Agut def. Coric: 6-3, 6-4
Monaco def. Gulbis: 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3
Paire def. Kohlschreiber: 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Robredo def. Zverev 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2