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Rafael Nadal struggled to win the 1st the match at 2019 Rogers Cup

Rafael Nadal struggled to win the 1st the match at 2019 Rogers Cup

Rafael Nadal defeated Daniel Evans 7-6, 6-4 after two hours of playing in the second round of ATP 1000 in Canada, yesterday 7 Augusth.

In the first official match after Wimbledon 2019, Rafael Nadal started instability when constantly making mistakes in the forehand. The Spanish player lost the first game and then Evans led 3-1.

Evans won all nine points at the start of the match. The English player uses the serve and powerful hand to create up to 20 times on the net in the first set. But when Nadal started "warming up," Evans revealed his weakness.

The English player can only cut the defensive ball against Nadal's heavy forehand. "The king of clay" won Evans's game and equalized 3-3, just as the two players returned after the first rain.

Nadal leads 5-4 and has two set-points in the next game but misses. In the tie-break series, Evans turns 5-2. But Nadal won six of the next seven points to finish the tie-break series 8-6.

Evans went down after losing his first set and lost the game to hand over the first set. The second rain came, causing the game to pause for several hours. When he returned, Nadal lost the rhythm and let the opponent equalize 3-3.

But Evans never once surpassed the second set. Nadal won the game to save the ball to lead 5-3, before winning the final 7-6, 6-4.

"Evans is strong in tactics, he reads the game very well," Rafael Nadal commented on about his four-year-old rival. "The first set was very difficult. The second set was the same, but I won the game to save the ball immediately after losing the game, it was very important."

Nadal's second opponent is Argentine player Guido Pella. Nadal is the current Rogers Cup champion, but the Spanish player has never defended the title on the hard court. He needs to be in the final if he does not want to lose the No. 2 position in the hands of Roger Federer, on the ATP scoreboard announced next week.

The victory over Daniel Evans helped Nadal balance the record of 378 wins at the ATP Masters 1000 level of Roger Federer himself.