Rafael Nadal scripted a roaring comeback from his rib injury as he defeated Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in the second round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.

Nadal cruised past the 22-year-old Kecmanovic 6-1, 7-6 (4) in his first competitive outing since a defeat to Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells Masters final on March 22. The Spaniard will face either of David Goffin or Botic van de Zandschulp in the next round.

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Nadal who won his record-breaking 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open earlier this year, raised his 2022 win-loss tally to 21-1 with the straight-sets win.




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