Spain's Rafael Nadal made a successful return to singles competition on Wednesday, quickly brushing aside Canadian wildcard Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-0 in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Competing in his first singles match since a shocking first-round loss at Wimbledon in late June to unheralded Belgian Steve Darcis, Nadal imposed his game at will on his smaller opponent.
The world No. 4 will next take on big serving Pole Jerzy Janowicz, who defeated Canada's Frank Dancevic 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-4.
In a post-match interview Wednesday with Television Española, Nadal said he started off with a few more errors than usual against Levine "due to the inactivity."
"Later I played better," he said, though adding that not too much should be read into his performance.
The Spaniard also won his opening doubles match Tuesday with countryman Pablo Andujar.
Prior to his loss at Wimbledon, Nadal had made an extraordinary comeback this year from a knee injury, making the final of nine consecutive tournaments and winning seven of them, including his eighth French Open title in early June.
In another second-round result Wednesday, world No. 2 Andy Murray rallied from 5-2 down in the second set to score a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) victory over Spain's Marcel Granollers.
The Rogers Cup is one of the biggest hard-court events on the ATP calendar and a key tune-up for the U.S. Open, which gets underway later this month. EFE