Tennis - Nadal returns in style

Rafael Nadal of Spain points to his towel during the men's singles first round match against Richard Gasquet of France at the China Open tennis tournament in the National Tennis Center of Beijing on September 30, 2014. Nadal won 6-4, 6-0. AFP PHOTO/GOH CHAI HIN (AFP Photo/GOH CHAI HIN)

- Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition Tuesday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the $5.4 million China Open.

The 14-times Grand Slam winner won his first round match in Beijing 6-4, 6-0, overcoming sporadic resistance in the first set before crushing his 22nd-ranked opponent in the second.

There were glimpses of vintage Nadal during the second set demolition, with the Spaniard appearing to be back to his athletic best after being sidelined since Wimbledon with a wrist injury picked up in training.

The world number three broke his 28-year-old opponent's serve in the third game, and while Gasquet brought Nadal to break-point at the next two opportunities, he failed to claw his way back into the set.