Rafael Nadal's first fist pump Friday followed his second point in the Miami Open, when he kissed a forehand off the sideline to win a long rally.
He accompanied the celebratory gesture with a skip in his step and then hit the accelerator, holding every service game to beat Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4.
Thus began Nadal's latest bid to win Key Biscayne.
"A lot of big motivation," he said.
He's playing the tournament for the 13th time and has never won it, although he was the runner-up in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014. At 0 for 12, it's Nadal's longest drought at any event, and perhaps the most glaring gap in the 14-time Grand Slam champion's resume.