Rafael Nadal has moved into the third round of the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3 6-2 win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Andy Murray on the other hand got a bye after opponent Dmitry Tursunov pulled out of their second-round clash.
Nadal, tied Garcia-Lopez in knots with thundering forehands and backhand returns.
“I had a comfortable victory with two sets,” said Nadal. “I didn’t play my best match but it is unbelievable the conditions can change from Tokyo to here. The ball is completely
“Something must change because it is too dangerous for the shoulders,” he said, echoing Murray’s complaints about constant changes of ball designs during the Asian swing of the ATP tour.
The 25-year-old Nadal, who lost to Murray in Sunday’s Tokyo final, is eager to turn around what, by his high standards, has been a disappointing season and reclaim the rankings top spot from Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, who is missing Shanghai because of injury.
This season, Nadal has taken three title wins from 10 finals, a dip in form from 2010 when he took seven from a possible nine.
Murray, who had a first-round bye, will now get his title defence underway in the third round when he plays Switzerland’sStanislas Wawrinka, the world number 19.