Russell claims his company was fired after last year's award show, despite helping resurrect the show from a scandal in the early 1980s that led to its television contract being canceled.
Former Golden Globes publicist sues, alleges fraud →
"Seriously, I never played in a court like this," Nadal said after beating American Michael Russell 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 Monday in the first round. "Was a big emotion (to) be the first player to play in this fabulous court."
Rafael Nadal beats Russell to open title defense →