P.Carreno Busta/F.Lopez bt. A. Bakshi/G. Tsivadze 6-3 6-4
Rafa: “It has been positive victory, of course, for me and for the team — 3-0, a good start to the competition. I had the match under control, 5-2 against a good player like Nikoloz. It has been a positive start. Obviously, he played some good games. I made a couple of mistakes, then the match became more difficult. That is it.”
Francisco Roig: “It is amazing to start 3-0. Roberto played great match. I think even if it looks easy match, the result was much difficult than what it was… He made very few mistakes.
Then Rafa had the chance against a very tough opponent like Basilashvili, who always kills the ball. I think after five, six games, he was in control of the game. Then, as [Nadal] said, he had the match in his hands. Pity he missed a volley, [it] could have been 6-3, 6-2. At the end, well, it would have been better to win easy, but also, when you have these situations, it gives you a little bit more experience, experience on these days.”
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