Spains Rafael Nadal Wins Melbourne Summer Set 1 ATP 250 Tennis
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♦The Spaniard was mostly untroubled in his first competitive tournament since August, winning in an hour and 48 minutes.
♦Nadal put Cressy under a lot of strain right away, as he had to defend three break points in his opening service game, but for the rest of the first set, which required a tiebreak, there was nothing to differentiate the two.
♦Late in the tiebreak, Nadal picked up his game, saving a set point at 5-6 and then earning his first set point with a forehand winner, which he converted to win the first set 7-6. (6).
♦In the second set, Cressy broke early to grab a 2-1 lead, but Nadal quickly countered with a break of his own to put the set back on serve.
♦The Spaniard broke for a 5-3 lead and held serve to win the match.