PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats James Duckworth in the Australian Open first round

World number two Rafael Nadal powered into the Australian Open second round with a straight-sets victory over Australian James Duckworth.

Our champ, playing first official match since September, won 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and 15 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

After the match, Rafa said: “Not easy to come back after a lot of months especially against a player who is playing super aggressive. It was difficult to be on rhythm. I’m very happy to be through, it’s always difficult to start after injuries. It’s so special to be back.”


  1. Well don Rafa vamosssssssss is your time to do it good luck for the next much, love your fans 🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️🏸🏸🏸🥰🎾

  2. Congrats Rafa! 🎾💪🏼😍 Wonderful to see you back on court 😘
    The best of luck in the next round champ – VAMOOS! 🤗🍀

  3. So excited to see Tags back on court. great match earlier. look after your body so you can show the world what you are made of. with you all the way. Vamos….

  4. I’ve already sent mine but I’ll do it again you were absolutely fantastic great to see welcome back fabulous interview to see yah

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