(March 22, 2014) Rafael Nadal dominated Lleyton Hewitt on Saturday night 6-1, 6-3 at the Sony Open.
Back on Thursday Hewitt joined Nadal and Roger Federer as the only active players with 600 or more career wins on the ATP World Tour.
“I think I played a solid match with not many mistakes,” Nadal explained. “It’s true that I am having the feeling of the back better for two weeks already, so I start to feel a little bit more comfortable with the serve because I am able to practice a little bit the serve and to do the normal movement again.
“So that’s important thing for me. And from the baseline, I think in Indian Wells I didn’t play the right way. I think I played with too many mistakes. Some good points; some bad points. I tried to play with all the time the logical shot.
“So playing against his backhand, and when I had the chance change to the down the line with the forehand, no? I think the good thing is I didn’t have a lot of mistakes.
“I think Lleyton played much better in the second set. He played more aggressive. I was solid with my serve. Some good rallies.
“Very happy the way that I played at the end of the first set. Start to feeling the ball very well with the forehand, changing directions.
“In general, I have to be very happy the way that I start, I think.”
Nadal moves into the third round.