The top-ranked Spaniard, playing for the first time since winning the U.S. Open title last month, rallied to beat Lucas Pouille, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5, Tuesday.
Pouille held two match points while leading 6-4 in the second-set tiebreaker. But Nadal reeled off four straight points to take the set and turn the match around.
“Was a very tough first round, as I say the other day,” said Nadal, who lost to Pouille in five sets at the 2016 U.S. Open. “He played well, I think. Very aggressive. He’s serving well. For me was little bit difficult at the beginning. Then I started to play better, I think.
“But still, I didn’t have the control of the match for almost all the time.”
Women 2nd round results :
- Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) beat Samantha Stosur (Australia) 6-3 7-5
- Caroline Garcia (France) beat Elise Mertens (Belgium) 7-6(4) 6-4
- Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Zhang Shuai (China) 7-5 7-5
- Sorana Cirstea (Romania) beat Christina McHale (U.S.) 7-6(4) 6-0
- 4-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Andrea Petkovic (Germany) 6-4 6-4
- Daria Gavrilova (Australia) beat 14-CoCo Vandeweghe (U.S.) 6-3 2-0
- (Vandeweghe retired) Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) beat Julia Goerges (Germany) 6-4 6-2
- 2-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) 6-1 2-1 (Rybarikova retired)
- 12-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 6-4 6-4
- Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) 6-4 4-6 6-1
- Daria Kasatkina (Russia) beat Lara Arruabarrena Vecino (Spain) 6-4 7-5
- Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Duan Yingying (China) 6-3 6-2
- Alize Cornet (France) beat 10-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 6-4 6-4
Men 2nd round results :
Nick Kyrgios (Australia) beat Mischa Zverev (Germany) 3-6 6-2 6-2