Rafael Nadal survived an early scare on the Barcelona Open on Wednesday by coming from a set all the way down to beat Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer and seal his place within the last-16.
Nadal, who’s trying to win the event for a report 12th time, was made to work exhausting for his 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 6-2 victory because the world quantity two prevented a shock defeat forward of the beginning of the French Open subsequent month.
Fellow Spaniard David Ferrer now awaits Nadal within the subsequent spherical, with a spot within the quarter-finals at stake. Nadal has received all of his final 4 conferences with Ferrer.
“It was a troublesome begin, I didn’t have the sensation this afternoon. I simply discovered a strategy to preserve going and win,” admitted Nadal. “He competed properly and I used to be most likely not competing that properly. My angle was stable however I needed to work exhausting to remain within the event.”
Nadal, who has 25-6 profitable report towards Ferrer, added: “Enjoying David isn’t straightforward, particularly since he’s such a buddy. I’m anticipating a troublesome match.”
Mayer, ranked 63rd on the planet, had by no means crushed a top-five opponent in 15 makes an attempt however was greater than a match for a nervous-looking Nadal within the opening set.
Nadal will probably be gunning for title quantity 12 at Roland Garros too and this restoration can have given him a lot reduction, after the 17-time main champion was a shock semi-final loser to Fabio Fognini on the Monte Carlo Masters final week.
A poor recreation allowed Nadal to interrupt to like at 4-Three within the first set however Mayer hit again for 5-5 and held on for a tie-break.
Nadal regarded in management after recovering from 3-1 and 4-2 all the way down to arrange two set factors however he squandered each earlier than Mayer took his probability on the first time of asking, a booming forehand sufficient to clinch the set.
An early break firstly of the second despatched Nadal on his manner and he served out at 5-Four to take the match to a decider.
Mayer appeared to have misplaced perception as he dumped a easy backhand volley into the online, permitting his opponent to grab a vital break at 2-2.
From there, the momentum was set as Nadal whipped a forehand down the road for 5-2 after which served out to finish a hard-fought win.