Nadal wins in singles debut at Brazil Open
AFPSAO PAULO--Spain's Rafael Nadal cruised to a two-set victory in his singles debut at the Brazil Open here late Thursday but then the 11-time grand slam winner blasted the ATP Tour for its choice of balls.
February 16, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The former world number one needed only 78 minutes to prevail over Brazilian Joao Souza, ranked 104th in the world 6-3, 6-4.
Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals against Argentine Berlocq on Friday.
“It was an important victory for me,” Nadal said. “The conditions are very difficult. The court is very fast, the ball too.
“The problem is not the court. The problem is the ball which is very bad,” he added.
The 26-year-old Spanish star said the Brazilian organizers of the event were not to blame.