Rafael Nadal edges Casper Ruud in Brazil

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Rafael Nadal edges Casper Ruud in Brazil

Rafael Nadal played his third match of the South American swing against Casper Ruud at Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte. The Brazilian fans got a chance to see the world's leading players in action, and Rafa prevailed 7-6, 7-5 in just under two hours.

Thus, the Spaniard remains perfect during the South American swing after ousting Ruud in Buenos Aires and Alejandro Tabilo in Chile. Ruud led 3-0 in the opener before Nadal pulled the break back for 3-3. They served well in the rest of the set, and Rafa clinched it in the tie break 7-4 for a massive boost.

Ruud saved a set point at 4-5 in the second set before Nadal broke him in game 12 to emerge at the top and seal the deal. Casper held at love in the encounter's first game and created break chances in the next one after Rafa's forehand mistake.

Rafael Nadal beat Casper Ruud 7-6, 7-5 in Belo Horizonte.

The Norwegian seized the first to grab an early lead, saved a break point in the next one and held after multiple deuces for 3-0. Rafa got his name to the scoreboard with a hold in game four and broke back at 15 in the next one after Casper's wild forehand.

The Spaniard locked the result at 3-3 and earned a break chance in the next one. Nadal squandered it after a loose backhand, and Ruud held for 4-3. Rafa closed the eighth game with a smash winner for 4-4 and landed another in game ten to extend the set.

Both players served well in games 11 and 12 to introduce a tie break. Rafa opened a 4-0 gap after Casper's wayward drop shot and wasted set points at 6-1. The Spaniard grabbed the set with a perfect drop shot winner in the 11th point to gain a boost ahead of set number two.

Ruud saved a break point in the fourth game and held for 2-2. The Spaniard produced a hold at love with a service winner in game nine, and the Norwegian served to stay in the match at 4-5. Nadal created a match point and Ruud's double fault and squandered it with his forehand landed long.

Casper held and extended the battle, hoping to reach another tie break. Nadal landed a forehand winner in the 11th game for another lead, with Ruud serving to stay in the match for the second time. Casper placed a backhand wide to face three match points. Rafa seized the third with a smash winner at the net that carried him over the top.