Nadal wins opener at Key Biscayne
Rafael Nadal won his opening match Friday at the Miami Open, holding every service game to beat Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4. Nadal, playing at Key Biscayne, Fla., for the 13th time, has never won the tournament. He was the runner-up in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014.
Making Nadal’s bid easier is the absence of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, both out with elbow injuries.
No. 3 Milos Raonic won in his first match since Feb. 25, beating Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-5. Raonic had been sidelined by a right leg injury.
No. 7 Marin Cilic lost to Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
On the women’s side, Elena Vesnina made a quick exit only five days after winning the biggest title of her career. Seeded 13th, Vesnina lost her opening match to wild card Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Vesnina beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Indian Wells final last week.
In a match that took two days because of rain, No. 6 Garbine Muguruza rallied past Christina McHale 0-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4. No. 3-seeded Simona Halep beat Naomi Osaka 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.