World No. 2 Rafael Nadal registered a breezy win over Laslo Djere 6-3 6-4 6-1 in his opening match at the Australian Open 2021 to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.
Nadal did not play in any of Spain’s ATP Cup matches last week and gave a downbeat assessment of his fitness ahead of the tournament.
The Spanish Tennis Maestro was dominating right from the early start, with the upper hand winning three games in succession. The set was won by Nadal 6-3.
Nadal was seen exhibiting his natural style of play in the first set, and this saw Nadal wrapping up the first set in no time.
Nadal continued his form in the second and third set as well, and in the end, he had no difficulty in wrapping up the match. The game ended with a score 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 with Rafa taking the win.
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Nadal said in his on-court interview: “It has been a tough 15 days for me because I had some issues with the back so I needed to survive today and that’s what I did.
“I just tried to be focused all the time, tried to get through. I think I did a good job today. Straight sets, that’s what I needed.
“Let’s go day by day. Today I was able to find a way to be through. That gives me the chance to have one more day tomorrow so it’s a work of every day to try to get ready. Of course it was not ideal preparation for me but I’m still alive. That’s the main thing.”