Nadal starts with a bang in Barcelona

Apr 26, 2012, 07:56 IST | AFP

World No 2 Rafael Nadal began his title defence at the Barcelona Open yesterday with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who had defeated the king of clay two years ago in Thailand.

Nadal, champion at the Real Club de Tenis in six of the last seven editions — he missed 2010 with knee trouble — claimed his 30th match victory in a row at his home event. Garcia-Lopez beat Nadal in Bangkok two years ago indoors and also put out tournament second seed Andy Murray in Indian Wells in March. 

Rafa returns the ball. Pic/Getty Images

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