Rafa was horrible in the first 2 sets, a little bit better in the third but concentration collapse allowed Daniel to get some more games.
Daniel put up a great fight here but Rafa will raise his game when the tournament progresses.
Former #1 in FITD (Titles: 11 / US Open 2009 + MS Shanghai 2010 + MS Cincinatti 2011 champion)
also: Bangkok 2008, Sydney 2009, Acapulco 2009, Dubai 2009, Båstad 2009, Stockholm 2009, Eastbourne 2010 & Auckland 2013
Former #1 in Suicide Tennis (Titles: 2 / Won: 8)
#219 in TT Singles (Titles: 3 / CH Ortisei 2010, CH Bratislava 2010 & CH Mons 2012) | ATP Zagreb F 2013
#198 rank in TT Doubles (Titles: 6 / CH Rome 2011 + CH Ostrava 2011 w. vn01, CH Madrid 2012 w. Rodrigol_87, CH Sheffield 2013 w. sdtoot & CH Rome 2013 + CH Bordeaux 2013 w. Sonj1989)
“The goal, when I took my break of six months, was doing this for the next couple years, not just for one tournament, I understand people who say, ‘Oh, this would be a perfect moment to go.’ But I feel like I’ve put in so much work, and I love it so much, and I still have so much in the tank.”
Good fight from Daniel. He was unlucky to get this draw.
He was unlucky, but I'm not sure if he would have won a first round match against a lesser opponent. Today he had nothing to lose and was swinging freely, under pressure situations he's usually terrible.