Rafael Nadal opened his marketing campaign for a document twenty first Grand Slam title with a routine straight-sets win Tuesday, seemingly untroubled by the back injury that hampered his build-up. The world number two pulled out of the ATP Cup last week with the niggle and stated forward of the Australian Open that he was “struggling”. However he motored by means of his first-round conflict in opposition to valiant Serb Laslo Djere with little drama, racing to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-1, victory below blue skies on Rod Laver Area.
“It has been a troublesome 15 days for me,” stated the Spaniard, whose solely look this 12 months had been an exhibition in opposition to Dominic Thiem in Adelaide 12 days in the past, the place he first skilled stiffness in his again.
“So I wanted to outlive at present and that is what I did. I am completely happy to be by means of and I believe I did a superb job at present, straight units is what I wanted.”
It was his first aggressive match for the reason that semi-finals of the ATP Finals in London on November 21.
Nadal raced to a 3-0 first-set lead and wrapped it up earlier than a harder set two as Djere upped his first serve proportion and acquired himself within the rallies, with Nadal saving three break factors.
However the unrelenting Spaniard stored coming, dominating off his first serve and outlasting the Serb on the lengthy rallies.
The 2009 champion, who has a historical past of again issues, is seeking to edge forward of Roger Federer in profession Slam titles, with each males having 20 to their title.
However the king of clay has usually laboured in useless on Melbourne’s hardcourts, reaching 5 finals however solely having the one title, falling within the quarter-finals final 12 months to Dominic Thiem.
Nadal subsequent performs both Serb veteran Viktor Troicki or qualifier Michael Mmoh and is on target to fulfill Greek rising star and fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas within the quarter-finals.
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