ROTTERDAM Feb 11 World number one Rafael Nadal
fought back from a set down to overcome Italy's Simone Bolelli
4-6 6-2 7-5 in the first round of the World Indoor Tournament
"This is one the fastest courts I played on the last year
and I was difficult to pick up my rhythm also because he played
so fast," Nadal told reporters.
"But later on I improved, aimed more on my forehand and
Bolelli converted the only break opportunity he created on
Nadal's service game to clinch the first set but dropped games
on his own serve twice in the next set.
Nadal, in his first match since beating Roger Federer in
the Australian Open final, wasted 12 break points, including
two match points in the 10th game of the final set but
converted his third two games later.
"Everyone is talking about pressure after I won a
tournament but I just feel less pressure after such a good year
like 2008," added Nadal, who will face 17-year-old Bulgarian
Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday in the second round.
"Dimitrov can be a top player in the future and he will be
motivated playing against the world's number one, something I
experienced in 2004 in Miami, so I expect a tough match," said
Earlier on Wednesday, Frenchmen Gilles Simon and
Jo-Winfried Tsonga reached the second round following straight
sets wins over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Jesse Huta Galung.
Mikhail Youzhny, winner in Rotterdam in 2007, beat David
Ferrer 6-2 3-6 6-2 while third seed Nikolay Davydenko was
stunned by Julien Benneteau of France 6-3 6-2.
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)