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Nadal makes winning start on grass at Halle

India TV News Desk 14 Jun 2012, 22:54:59 IST
India TV News Desk
Halle, Jun 14: Rafael Nadal defeated Lukas Lacko 7-5. 6-1 at the Gerry Weber Open on Thursday, in the Spaniard's first singles since clinching his record seventh French Open title.



Nadal twice broke the Slovak in a first set that lasted 50 minutes, before finally making his superiority count against Lacko in a second set that was only half as long.

Nadal will next play defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, who rallied from a set down to defeat Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-3.

Also, wild card Tommy Haas eliminated sixth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-3, 6-4 in which the German won 93 per cent of his service points.

Five-time winner Roger Federer was playing late against Germany's Florian Mayer.