Nadal slams ATP for choice of balls after Round 1 win in Brazil Open singles

Nadal said he was able to rest his knee, after a tough week of play in Chile last week, and made clear that his priority here was to play the singles event.

updated: February 15, 2013 09:34 IST
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Sao Paulo: Spain's Rafael Nadal cruised to a two-set victory in his singles debut at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo late Thursday but then the 11-time grand slam winner blasted the ATP Tour for its choice of balls.

The former world number one needed only 78 minutes to prevail over Brazilian Joao Souza, ranked 101st in the world 6-3, 6-4.

Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals against Argentine Berlocq on Friday.

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