Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return shot against Wu Di of China during their first round men's singles match of the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Rafael Nadal stuttered to victory against one of his former ball boys at the China Open Tuesday as top-ranked Novak Djokovic swept imperiously to his 25th straight win in Beijing.Nadal, 29, was playing for the first time since his third-round defeat at the U.S. Open, but it was a far from satisfying return as the 14-time Grand Slam-winner continued to grope for form.Wu broke again to go ahead in the second set but with both players uncomfortable on serve, Nadal was able to wrap it up after 86 minutes and progress to a second-round meeting with Vasek Pospisil.Among the later matches, Ana Ivanovic ended a seven-year wait for her third win against Venus Williams when she beat last week's Wuhan Open champion 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 .
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