Rafael Nadal recorded a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 win over Hugo Dellien on Tuesday in his first competitive match back at Rod Laver Arena since he lost the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic last year.
Rafa said after his match that he isn’t concerned about winning his 20th major.
“I don’t care about 20 or 15 or 16. I just care about [trying] to keep going, keep enjoying my tennis career. It’s not like 20 is the number that I need to reach. If I reach 20, fantastic,” Rafa said, raising his hands in the air. “If I reach 21, better. If I [stay at] 19? Super happy about all the things that I did in my tennis career, no?”
Rafa dropped a service game once in each of the first two sets but was too dominant for the 73rd-ranked Dellien, who was playing his first match at the season’s first major and had played only five previous matches in the main draw of a major.
“It’s a positive start,” Rafa said. “What you want in the first round is to win, and straight sets is better.”