Rafael Nadal Returns in Style, Novak Djokovic Wins In China

Rafael Nadal joins top-seed Novak Djokovic in the second round after the reigning champion in Beijing won his game after a shaky start.

updated: September 30, 2014 17:53 IST
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Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning a point in China Open.


Beijing: Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition Tuesday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the $5.4 million China Open.

The 14-times Grand Slam winner won his first round match in Beijing 6-4, 6-0, overcoming sporadic resistance in the first set before crushing his 22nd-ranked opponent in the second.

There were glimpses of vintage Nadal during the second set demolition, with the Spaniard appearing to be back to his athletic best after being sidelined since Wimbledon with a wrist injury picked up in training.

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