(AP) – Top-seeded Rafael Nadal didn’t show any side effects from a right knee injury that sidelined him at the end of last season, beating Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in a first-round match.
Our champ has only lost in the first round at two Grand Slam singles tournaments — to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon in 2013, and to Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne in 2016.
After the match, Rafa said:
I was disappointed I couldn’t make it in Brisbane but I’m very happy to be here again.
I took a little time off and straight after London I had to stop for a while and then started working step by step. That’s why I didn’t make Brisbane because I wanted to be ready for this.
This year I am here. I know one day that I won’t have the chance to play on this court so I want to enjoy every moment when I have the chance.
Rafa will play Leonardo Mayer in the second round on Wednesday. Mayer beat Nicolas Jarry 6-2, 7-6 (1), 6-3 earlier Monday.
Nadal  bt Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1
Nadal – 28/17
Estrella Burgos – 10/26
Nadal – 2/1
Estrella Burgos – 1/1
BREAK POINTS WON
Nadal – 8/12
Estrella Burgos – 1/6
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Nadal – 73
Estrella Burgos – 66
PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Nadal – 77/67
Estrella Burgos – 48/24
Nadal – 86
Estrella Burgos – 41