Viktor Troicki

Left wrist 'not perfect,' Rafa Nadal wins return at Olympics

White tape peeking out from under the red sweat band on his injured left wrist, Rafael Nadal was back in action Sunday, playing his first match in 2½ months.

And he was back at an Olympics for the first time in eight years.

He was not, Nadal insisted after a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Argentina's Federico Delbonis at the Rio de Janeiro Games, back at full strength, however. And he will not, he also insisted, discuss the problematic tendon sheath in his racket-wielding arm for the rest of the event.

"My wrist is not perfect. My wrist needs more time," the Spaniard said. "If it was a 'normal' tournament on the circuit, I wouldn't be here. My...