Nadal cruised to victory with an emphatic 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over his opponent.
Millman had beaten five-time winner, Roger Federer, last year but was unable to repeat the feat.
Nadal said that he had a lot of respect for Millman because of what he achieved by beating Federer.
He showed last year what he is able to do when he is playing well. Always at the beginning of a tournament, the first match … everything is a little bit new, even if I have played here plenty of times. The beginnings are not easy.
… honestly, I think I played a good match, hitting good backhands, some more mistakes maybe with the forehand than usual but generally happy with how I started.Rafael Nadal – vanguardngr.com
Nadal has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as a record 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 20 ATP Tour 500 titles, and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles.
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