Nadal wins opener at Key Bis­cayne

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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