Rafael Nadal left fans confused after fighting for an unconvincing victory over Ilya Ivashka the Barcelona Open.
The first ranking and the world number 3 had to gather from a set down to win the No. 11 word in Belarus 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday.
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Nadal lost his job in the opening game of the match and failed to retire in the first set.
He earned just 70.6 percent of points in his first job, was broken twice and made two double mistakes in an unusually poor performance at work.
The second set was a different story, as Nadal corrected his service, gaining 86.7 percent of points and 83.3 percent in the third.
He did not face a break point in any of the sets, while he came to victory to advance to round three.
However, his slow start has left fans worried about heading to the French Open, especially after Nadal crashed out of the Monte Carlo Masters last week in the quarterfinals.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has won the events of Monte Carlo and Barcelona 11 times each.
Fabio Fognini is guilty of misconduct
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, no.3 Andrey Rublev, no.4 Diego Schwartzman, no.6 Pablo Carreno Busta and number 10 Felix Auger-Aliassime also advanced.
in any case Fabio Fognini was implicit in verbal abuse.
The Italian lost 6-0, 4-4 to Zapata Miralles from Spain, when a line judge denounced him for swearing after a mistake on his feet.
He had been warned earlier in the match.
The Serbia Open, Novak Djokovic needed just 68 minutes to lead South Korea’s Soon-woo Kwon 6-1, 6-3 and advance to the quarterfinals.
Djokovic capitalized on five of his eight stoppage-time chances in the win.
In the next round, he will meet his Serbian teammate Miomir Kecmanovic, the eighth seed, who needed three sets to eliminate Arthur Rinderknech from France 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Also in advance was the number 2, Matteo Berrettini, who defeated his Italian colleague Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-3.
Fifth seed Filip Krajinovic defeated Nikola Milojevic 6-1, 6-1 in a match of all Serbs.
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