An ailing Rafael Nadal battled past qualifier Tim Smyczek in five sets to reach the Australian Open third round.
Rafa fought back to win 6-2 3-6 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 7-5 and avoid his earliest ever defeat in Melbourne.
Our champ required treatment from the doctor for stomach cramps in the third set and repeatedly doubled over in pain.
Rafael Nadal: “Today the conditions were a little humid for me. I tried to deal with my condition and the support of a fantastic crowd really helped. I don’t know what was going on. In the second set I started having cramps around my body, but all these processes are normal after a long time off the tour and hopefully I will be back to my normal level soon.” (via BBC)