PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Florian Mayer in Australian Open first round

2009 champion Rafael Nadal progressed to the second round with a straight-set win over German Florian Mayer. He won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes against the 33-year-old in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Our champ played solid during the match, moved well, and seemed to be happy to be both cat and mouse in the rallies against the world No.49. Rafa hit 39 winners in total and was never broken in the match, with his first serve finding its mark an impressive 70 per cent of the time.

Rafa to Jim Courier:

It felt great. I am happy to do an interview with you, last year I didn’t have the chance! I’m very happy this year, I have had a long period here and it’s been a great experience, visiting Brisbane, Sydney and now Melbourne.

I have been practicing a lot, this year even a little bit more. I worked on a lot of things in Mallorca. Today was a good first round, he was a tough player to play. He changes the rhythm and you need to be careful on every shot. (via Australian Open)

Rafa will face Marcos Bagdhatis in the next round.

17 comments

  1. RAFA, I WILL NOT SAY WELL DONE, BUT, I WILL SAY YOUR HARD WORK HAS PAID OFF. YOU SAID THAT YOU HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO MAKE A GOOD COME BACK. THE LOVE FOR THE SPORT DRIVES YOU TO DO SO.

    YES , INDEED IT WAS A PLEASURE AND A VERY EXCITING MOMENT FOR ALL YOUR FANS WORLDWIDE , TO SEE A HEALTHY RAFA BACK, NOT MISSING THE MILLION DOLLAR SMILE..

    ONE DAY AT A TIME, RAFA. V UR FANS ARE ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU. SURROUNDING YOU WITH ALL OUR LOVE N PRAYERS.

    WISHING YOU LUCK, FOR THE NEXT MATCH.

    GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.

    LOVE . 💘💝💔💟💜💗💛💙💓💖 N HUGS ALL THE ALL THE WAY.

  2. Rafa est très en forme ça n augure que du bon pr la suite et quel bonheur de le voir jouer ainsi au niveau qui est le sien👑👑👑👑👑👑👑

  3. Way to go Rafa! Keep the intensity up, and take the fight to your opponents. PS I saw Rafa hit 3 aces in a row, yay.

    Good luck next round. Stay focused champ!

  4. Congratulations on your great win, sweet Rafa – looking fabulous 😍❤
    All The best of luck at your next game 🍀😘
    VAMOS! 🎾💪🏼😃

  5. Rafa you played soooooooo well,

    and it is VERY hot in Melbourne today.

    Next game against Bagdahis, so all the VERY best,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXX

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