PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal Wins 1st-Round Match at the Australian Open

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.”

10 comments

  1. Great tennis Rafa and so happy for you that you are playing so well again. Tennis is not the same when Rafa is out.

  2. I watch very little professional tennis when Rafa is out so it was a real treat to seem him play again and in such good form.

  3. WELL DONE, Rafa – good as ever, my hero! This victory will give u plenty of self confidence and positive feelings. U are the REAL NUMBER ONE!!!!! VAAAMOOOSSS RAAAFAAA !!!!

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