Shanghai – Spain's Rafael Nadal moved comfortably into the round of 16 of the Shanghai Rolex Masters with a 6-3, 6-2 win here Wednesday evening over Guillermo García López, avenging a loss in their previous match.
Nadal took the court for the first time since a demoralizing 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 defeat Sunday at the hands of Scotland's Andy Murray in the final of the Tokyo event, in which the world No. 2 won just four points in the final set.
Looking to put that match behind him, Nadal came out Wednesday with an aggressive game plan and, despite dropping serve with one sloppy game in the second set, was never troubled against his 53rd-ranked opponent.
Nadal also avenged a loss to Garcia Lopez in the 2010 Bangkok tournament and ran his record against his fellow Spaniard to 3-1.
A 10-time Grand Slam champion whose best result in Shanghai was a final appearance in 2009, Nadal will next take on Germany's Florian Mayer, a 6-3, 6-4 winner Tuesday over Argentina's David Nalbandian.
In other second-round action Wednesday involving Spanish players, David Ferrer, the No. 3 seed, held off a tough challenge from big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to win 7-5, 7-6 (9-7), Juan Carlos Ferrero upset countryman and No. 16 seed Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and Albert Ramos fell to Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
The Shanghai Rolex Masters is the second-to-last of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, which are among the biggest tournaments on the men's tennis calendar in terms of ranking points and prize money.