Fans in disbelief over Rafael Nadal’s play

Rafael Nadal, pictured here during his clash with Ilya Ivashka at the Barcelona Open Championship.

Rafael Nadal looks forward during his clash with Ilya Ivashka at the Barcelona Open Championship. (Photo by Alex Caparros / Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal has left fans confused behind battled to a convincing victory over Ilya Ivashka at the Barcelona Open Championship.

The top seed and World No. 3 had to rally from set down to beat the No.111 Word of Belarus 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday.

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Nadal lost his service in the opening match of the match and was unable to break through throughout the first set.

He gained just 70.6 percent points on his first serve, was twice broken and had two double faults in an uncharacteristically poor show on service.

The second set was a different story as Nadal rushed his serve, gaining 86.7 percent points, and 83.3 percent in the third.

He didn’t face a break point in either set as he rallied to victory to advance to the third round.

However, his slow start left fans worried about going to the French Open Championship, especially after that Nadal fell out of the Monte Carlo Masters last week in the final eight round.

The 20-time grand slam champion has won the Monte Carlo and Barcelona events 11 times each.

Fabio Fognini failed to abuse a line judge

Meanwhile, second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 3 Andrey Rublev, No. 4 Diego Schwartzman, No. 6 Pablo Carreno Busta and No. 10 Felix Auger-Aliassime also made it Wednesday.

Anyway Fabio Fognini was indicted for verbal abuse.

The Italian was losing 6-0, 4-4 to Zapata Miralles of Spain when he was reported by a line judge for a foot injury.

He had been warned earlier in the fight.

Rafael Nadal, pictured here after his victory over Ilya Ivashka.

Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Ilya Ivashka. (Photo by Alex Caparros / Getty Images)

In the Serbian Open, Novak Djokovic needed only 68 minutes to top Kwon 6-1, 6-3 shortly in South Korea and advance to the quarterfinals.

Djokovic took advantage of five of his eight service cut chances in the win.

In the next round, he will meet his fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic, the eighth seed, who needed three sets to get Arthur Rinderknech of France 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Also advancing was No. 2 seed Matteo Berrettini, who defeated fellow Italian Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-3.

Filip Krajinovic’s fifth seed beat Nikola Milojevic 6-1, 6-1 in an all-Serbian match.

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