Rafael Nadal reflects on dominant Acapulco first round win

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Rafael Nadal reflects on dominant Acapulco first round win

21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal was satisfied with how he performed in his first match since his Australian Open victory. On Tuesday, fourth-seeded Nadal saw off qualifier Denis Kudla 6-3 6-2 in his Acapulco opener.

It was the first meeting between Nadal and Kudla. "It has been a positive match. I think I started playing well, a good victory in straight sets. That's always very positive for the confidence," Nadal said post-match, per the ATP website.

"I think I played a very solid match for the first day. Of course there are a couple of things that I can do better, but in general terms, I played well so I can't complain at all."

Nadal claimed a routine win

Nadal put pressure on Kudla early on but the American managed to save two break points in the second game.

However, it didn't take long for Nadal to claim the first break of the match as he broke Kudla in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Nadal then routinely held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener. After losing the first set, Kudla made a positive start to the second set as he served out the opening game of the set.

Nadal then put in another gear as he claimed back-to-back to take a comfortable 5-1 lead. Kudla served out the seventh game to end Nadal's five-game run but the Spaniard routinely served out for the match in the following game.

Nadal will also be a big favorite to win when he meets lucky loser Stefan Kozlov in the Acapulco round-of-16. “It would be amazing, it would be a great honour for me,” Kozlov said of a potential second-round encounter with Nadal.

“I think he’s a fantastic person, and I have great respect for him. I’ll really enjoy it, definitely”.