Rafael Nadal defeated Adrian Mannarino in straight sets, 7-5 6-4, to reach the Paris Masters third round. The Spanish player said: "I expected a very tough match. I know how dangerous is Adrian in this court. The court here is fast, the bounce is low, so I think is a perfect court for him, no? So I went on court knowing it going to be very tough one.
I needed to play well, and I think I did. My serve worked very well during the whole match. I think I played at the right level. Not easy to come back on the tour after a while without being on the tour. And playing in this surface is difficult, and against a very dangerous opponent, in the first round for me, second for him.
So very happy with the victory." Asked about his physical condition, Nadal, who suffered a hand injury, replied: "Here we are, no? It's always -- historically, I had issues at the end of the season, and sometimes at the beginning and sometimes during.
(Laughing.) But here we are, no? It's always little bit scared when I am here because in this tournament I had plenty of things during all my career. So when you are here, always a little bit more dangerous for me. But I am very happy to be here, no? And I'm very happy to be able to compete again at the good level.
And let's see. Tomorrow is another day, another tough match against Stan. Every day on this tournament is so difficult. So let's see if I'm able to play another good match."