Simply being back on the tennis court in competitive mode was a victory for U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic on Saturday, though he was ousted by Argentina`s Juan Monaco in the BNP Paribas Open second round.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame some uncharacteristic nerves to surge into the quarter-finals of the ATP Argentina Open on Wednesday with an efficient 6-4, 6-0 victory over Argentine qualifier Facundo Arguello.
Spanish tennis ace and World No.3 Rafael Nadal admitted that though his body no longer responds the way it did when he was 20 years old, he still maintains the same determination and the same desire to win titles.
Serena Williams swept into the last 16 with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over China`s Peng Shuai, while Rafael Nadal began defence of his crown with a crushing 6-1, 6-0 win over Argentina`s Juan Monaco in Madrid Tennis Open Wednesday.
Rafa Nadal launched the defence of his Madrid Open title by breezing past Juan Monaco 6-1 6-0 on Wednesday to rediscover his touch on his favoured clay after surprise exits in his last two tournaments.