World No. 3 Rafael Nadal made a good start to his Australian Open campaign with a straight-sets win over Mikhail Youzhny in Melbourne. Rafa won 6-3 , 6-2, 6-2 in one hour, 50 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena. He will now challenge Tim Smyczek, who defeated Luke Saville 7-6(2), 7-5, 6-4.
After the match, Rafael Nadal said: “This first match was tough mentally for me, the first big test of the season. I hope this match will give me confidence for the next round.”