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Nadal at home back on grass

Rafael Nadal's bid to reclaim the Queen's Club men's singles title he last won two years ago got off to a flying start with a straight-sets win against Marcos Daniel.

The new world number one defeated his Brazilian opponent 6-2 6-2 in the second round of the AEGON Championships and will now face Denis Istomin in the next round.

Nadal overwhelmed his opponent in the early exchanges, racing into a 3-0 lead and dominating the majority of the rallies.

Nadal had spent two years without playing on grass and admitted he had to readjust.

“It is difficult to adapt but I am happy to be back on grass, it is one of the surfaces I enjoy playing on,” said Nadal (pictured).

“I practiced very badly yesterday. During the morning I did a little bit better but still bad. And I really would love to have the doubles before the singles, but anyway, during the match in singles I felt well.”

Nadal had to pull out of Wimbledon last year through a knee injury but, having regained his number one world ranking, the Spaniard is looking forward to playing this time around.

But he insists that being ranked number one in the world is “nothing special” to him.

“One year ago I was injured and now I am not injured,” said Nadal. “That's the big difference. I wasn't ready to play. I wasn't ready to play Wimbledon and to try to have a good result there.”

Elsewhere Mardy Fish beat Santiago Giraldo 7-6 6-2 to set up a third-round clash with Britain's defending champion Andy Murray.

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