Nadal dominates in return at China Open
Beijing — Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury layoff, beating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 in 78 minutes at the China Open on Tuesday.
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also advanced to the second round in vastly different fashion.
The top-ranked Djokovic improved to 20-0 at the China Open with a routine 6-2, 6-1 win over Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, while Murray battled for 2½ hours to put away Poland's Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-2.
Nadal hadn't played a match since his surprising fourth-round exit at Wimbledon to Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios. The 14-time major winner withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing a right wrist injury.
Nadal never looked in trouble against Gasquet, a semifinalist at the 2013 U.S. Open who has slumped to 22nd in the rankings this year.