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Rafael Nadal pushed to the limit in Barcelona

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Rafael Nadal pushed to the limit in Barcelona
It may have taken him an hour and 56 minutes, but what's important is the fact that reigning champion Rafael Nadal got the job done.

After a shocking defeat at the Monte-Carlo Masters last week, World No.1 Rafael Nadal was once again not in the best of form in his first match at the Barcelona Open here in Catalonia. The reigning champion needed almost two hours of hard fought baseline rallies to confirm his win over compatriot Albert Ramos.

Unlike on Friday, though, when Rafa lost to David Ferrer, today he was determined to make sure he came out on top. His start to the match was tough, but he soldiered on, and eventually after two tight sets he claimed a 7-6(2),6-4 win. The King of Clay managed a total of 18 winners, but was also aided by 33 unforced errors from his opponent.

The worrying statistic for Rafa, however, was the fact that he won only 68 percent of his first serve points.

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In what was a pretty erratic opening set for the defending champion, he finally managed to come through in the tie-break. Much like second seed David Ferrer in the day’s second match, Rafa started slowly and found himself down 1-3. As always, however, Rafa fought back to get to level terms by winning the next couple of games.

The King of Clay started to move a lot better after that, and worked really hard and finally got a second break of serve in the eleventh game. Just when it seemed as if the set was headed for a finish, Rafa was broken, taking us to a tie-break. Rafa then upped the ante one final time to capture the tie break quite comfortably.

The second set was no walk in the park either as Ramos continued to work hard from behind the baseline and tried to be aggressive. In the opening game itself, the 26 year-old got a couple of break point chances which he failed to convert.

Once through that game, Rafa was a figure of concentration and held his own serve before finally taking his chance when it came in the tenth game of the set to seal his place in the next round.

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