Rafael Nadal did not appear to be affected by his appendicitis problems as he charged into the second round of the Swiss Indoors with a no nonsense 6-2, 6-2 win over Simone Bolelli on Monday.
The Spanish second seed has been taking antibiotics to delay the need for surgery and was relieved to emerge unscathed from his match against his Italian opponent. “I had some doubts that I would be able to compete well,” the former World No.1 told reporters.
“Today was a very positive victory for me. I’m very happy for what happened. With my summer-long wrist injury and now the appendix, it’s not been a great season. This was a dangerous match for me and I won it.”
Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic hit 12 aces and saved all five break points he faced as he beat Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the first round. Johnson, who did not face a break point in the first set, saved one on his opening service game in the second set, where he also missed four chances to break Raonic’s serve.
The 1.95-meter Canadian sealed victory by breaking Johnson’s serve for the first time in the 10th game. He next faces another American, Donald Young. Eighth-seeded Ivo Karlovic had 23 aces as he advanced to the second round with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win against Lukas Rosol.
In other first-round action, German Benjamin Becker needed just over one hour to breeze past qualifier Gastao Elias of Portugal 6-3, 6-2.