Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot against Richard Gasquet of France during the men's singles first round match at the China Open tennis tournament in the National Tennis Center of Beijing on September 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO/GOH CHAI HIN
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Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition Tuesday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the $5.4 million China Open."It's not 100 percent, but let's say 90 something percent," Nadal said, when asked how his wrist felt during the match.The world No. 3 broke his 28-year-old opponent's serve in the third game, and while Gasquet brought Nadal to break point at the next two opportunities, he failed to claw his way back into the set.Gasquet lost his serve at the opening game of the second set, and then brought Nadal to the brink of losing his own with some acrobatic net play.Nadal joins top seed Novak Djokovic in the second round after the reigning champion in Beijing won his game after a shaky start.Only five berths are available as the world's top three players – Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer – have already confirmed their place for London.
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