Rafael Nadal has beaten Gilles Muller after recovering from a distracted start yesterday where he fell behind 0-3 before the match was halted due to rain. Nadal took the first set tiebreak comfortably before powering away with the match 7-6, 6-1, 6-2.
With the sun temporarily out to play Nadal was keen to steady his focus and grip on the match despite finding himself at a 0-4 deficit. Mats Wilander spoke at the Starwood/AMEX event last night at the open saying that rain delays weren’t favourable to a traditionalist like Nadal who needs to get his teeth into a match and wear his opponent down. But the consistent break in rain during the match allowed Nadal to dismantle Muller’s game slowly but surely. Read more