“I’m scared because this is the start to an important season for me,” said the Spaniard, who is bidding for an unprecedented eighth straight title on the clay of the principality.
Nadal, seeded second behind Novak Djokovic, will play Jarkko Nieminen in the second round after the Finn beat Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).
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