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Nadal off the mark in Acapulco

Nadal off the mark in Acapulco
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Rafael Nadal marked his return to action with a straight-sets victory over Pablo Andujar as he launched his bid to reclaim the world number one ranking at the Mexico Open in Acapulco.

Acapulco : Rafael Nadal marked his return to action with a straight-sets victory over Pablo Andujar as he launched his bid to reclaim the world number one ranking at the Mexico Open in Acapulco.

The 33-year-old Spaniard, playing for the first time since his quarter-final exit to Dominic Thiem at the Australian Open last month, claimed a 6-3, 6-2 victory over compatriot Andujar in 1hr 30min on Tuesday.

"The most important thing when you have not competed for a while is to win, I needed a match like today to get in rhythm and gain some confidence," Nadal said after the victory.

Nadal suffered an early stumble, with Andujar grabbing a break of serve in the opening game as the 19-time Grand Slam winner took time to find his rhythm.

However, Nadal broke back quickly and then opened up a 5-2 lead. Andujar saved three set points to hold serve but Nadal easily held to take the first set.

Andujar never looked like finding a way back into the match in the second set as a dominant Nadal broke in the first game and kept up the momentum, to close out the win emphatically.

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