On the third day of the Australian Open warm-up, Rafael Nadal opened his season at the Brisbane International with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Alexandr Dolgopolov, and advanced to the second round against Mischa Zverev, who beat Alex De Minaur 6-3, 6-3 earlier today.
Dolgopolov gained the first break in the third game. Rafa responded by winning four straight games to wrap up the 36-minute opener and broke Dolgopolov in the fifth and ninth games of the second set. (via ATP)
Rafa’s girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello came to Australia for the first time and was in the crowd for his match.
After the match, Rafa said:
It was great conditions to play in. The crowd was great, the court was great and I really enjoyed it out there.
I feel the love of the people. (via Brisbane Tennis)