Nadal back in form at Australian Open


Nadal back in form at Australian Open
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP Cup - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 2, 2021 Spain's Rafael Nadal watches the match between Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta and Australia's John Millman REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

In Summary

  • Nadal will meet the winner of two qualifiers -- American Michael Mmoh or Viktor Troicki -- for a place in the third round.

Rafa Nadal defied his gloomy injury prognosis to crush Laslo Djere 6-3 6-4 6-1 and reach the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The Spanish great was not quite at his all-action, fist-pumping best but appeared unimpeded by his back problems as he posted an encouraging win over the 56th ranked Serb in the afternoon sunshine at Rod Laver Arena.

After closing out a tight second set, the second seed played like a man unburdened, racing to the finish line in a hail of winners before Djere conceded the match meekly with a double fault.

Nadal will meet the winner of two qualifiers — American Michael Mmoh or Viktor Troicki — for a place in the third round.

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