'Perfect start' for Nadal with win over Carreno Busta on Rome return

'Perfect start' for Nadal with win over Carreno Busta on Rome return

Elsewhere, Novak Djokovic behaved better in his first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open.

Rafael Nadal returns to competition after a six-month enforced break while Novak Djokovic is looking to make up for his US Open disqualification as the short clay-court season got underway in Rome on Monday without spectators.

Federer (injury) and Nadal (concerns about travel amid the coronavirus pandemic) both did not play at the U.S. Open.

Djokovic was disqualified from the tournament after he hit a ball in frustration during his fourth-round match against Pablo Carreno Busta on September 6.

Nadal said that Djokovic's reckless actions had put him in the position to be defaulted.

"I'm a hard-court player, so it's definitely not easy matchups for me, " Shapovalov said.

"I understand that I have outbursts, and this is kind of the personality and the player that I have always been", Djokovic told journalists before his Italian Open campaign in Rome. He's a clay court specialist.

Four-times Rome champion Djokovic, who received an opening-round bye, broke Caruso's serve in the eighth game before serving out the opening set. While fans are not allowed, coaches and tournament officials were in attendance. "There's 10 people in the stands". It's one of the most important events in the world, without a doubt. "I miss the crowds".

On Aug. 20, after five months of postponed and cancelled tournaments, tennis was finally back on for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA). "It's a little unusual".

"I've been going there since I was 10, " Gauff said. "I felt that this was a great match for me to figure it out, the first match on clay". It was a ideal start for me. It was solid, [and I hit] good shots on the forehand and backhand.

I haven't played against him since the first time we played in Belgrade...

"The ball hits a line judge, it was just unfortunate that I hit the line umpire in a very awkward place".

Nadal, a 9-time champion, blew away countryman and US Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-1 in just 73 minutes.

Also, Marin Cilic beat sixth-seeded David Goffin 6-2, 6-2.

Top women's seed Simona Halep, the 2018 French Open victor, said she was "pretty sure it's going to be very strict" at Roland Garros.

The 35-year-old has not played since lower back pain forced him to retire from his first-round match at the Australian Open in January against Alexei Popyrin while trailing 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-1.

Afterward, Williams consoled herself by taking her dog for a walk around the empty grounds.

But once the tournament started, none of the 365 competitors at the U.S. Open tested positive for the virus, underlining the efficacy of the controlled environment.

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