The Spaniard Rafael Nadal returned to competition six weeks after the crack he suffered in the ribs with a victory in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open, where he beat Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in straight sets (6-1 and 7-6(4). )).

The Balearic added his twenty-first victory of a season in which he has already accumulated three successes. The Australian Open, the Melbourne tournament and Acapulco.

A rib injury kept him out of fourth, in the final of the Masters 1000 in Indian Well, last March, just when he was aiming for the trophy in the duel against the American Taylor Fritz.

In his staging, he beat Kecmanovic, a promising player who in his last tournaments this year always reached, at least, the quarterfinals and who improved in the second round, after the resumption of a match interrupted for half an hour due to rain. .

Nadal took an hour and 55 minutes to make his debut at the Mutua Madrid Open, which he has won five times. In the round of 16 he will play against the Belgian David Goffin.

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