Nadal spins his way into third round with near flawless display

Nadal spins his way into third round with near flawless display

The 2009 champion registered an impressive 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ebden in the match that lasted nearly two hours.

It was one-way traffic from then on as Nadal, sporting a trademark sleeveless shirt, cruised into the last 32.

Six-time champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic hold the top two spots on that list. "And with my return, I think I have been improving during the match", Australian Open quoted Nadal, as saying. "It is an honour to play here".

If he was to win this week, it would be his seventh Australian Open victory, and take him one behind his most victories at a single Grand Slam (Wimbledon, eight).

The 28-year-old from Birmingham reached his career high two years ago by defeating Marin Cilic in Melbourne to make the fourth round before the self-inflicted exile of a cocaine ban left him having to start again.

Spanish 17-time Grand Slam victor Nadal, who cut short his 2018 season to have surgery on a foot injury, cruised into round two of the year's opening major 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 against Australian wildcard Duckworth.

"I think it was a good match from my side". For me, when I play Venus or something, I'm star-struck, too.

"I think I was playing good, especially in the second set, it was a little bit close".

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Nadal has opened with back-to-back wins over Australians and takes on another one in the next round. However, she was undone by her erratic shot making. Laaksonen outplayed de Minaur in the rallies, hitting 40 winners more than the home favorite but also almost 90 unforced errors, unable to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard in the deciding set after 3-3.

The Swiss grabbed the fourth set with two breaks, firing a forehand victor at 5-4 to send the encounter into a decider where he fought well until 3-3.

The Swiss maestro might be 37 but he's not feeling his age, with Britain's Daniel Evans in his sights on Rod Laver Arena as he works his way towards a third successive title at Melbourne Park.

"It was a good test for my leg, for my shoulder", she said. "She really hits the ball hard and tough", Kerber added.

"The support was fantastic as always, you guys got me through that".

"It's a different position for me, a position I'm not really used to", said de Minaur, of his new-found fame. I see why he can cause difficulties to players.

Playing in her 15th Australian Open, the three-time finalist said she was pleased to go through so easily as she battles back from injuries.

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