(Reuters) – Rafa Nadal dispelled any remaining doubts over his fitness with a commanding 6-1 6-4 6-2 win against American qualifier Michael Mmoh on Thursday to march into the Australian Open third round and stay on track for a record 21st Grand Slam title.
The second seed did not play a match in Spain’s ATP Cup campaign last week with a back problem and following his opening win in Melbourne he had said the injury was still bothering him.
Nadal showed no sign of discomfort, however, against the 177th-ranked American under the closed roof of the Rod Laver Arena and peppered the blue court with winners from both forehand and backhand sides as Mmoh watched on helplessly.
The 2009 Melbourne Park winner, who is tied with Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slam singles titles, will next meet Briton Cameron Norrie.
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Your the man rafa all the best for next match vamos rafa xxx
I wish you all the best in your next game!!!!
Good luck against C. Norrie – straight sets 👌🍀
Rafa great result for you today . Wishing you the Very Best against Cam Norrie on Saturday next Vamos Rafa 🇪🇦🇪🇦☘☘
Rafa, good luck in round 3. Keep putting the pressure on your opponents.
Congratulations Rafa!, well done Master! 👍🏻👏🏻💪🏻🙌🏻. Happy of your victory despite the injury and that woman trying to stop you. I hope you felt much better.
It is always nice to see how people, whatever the nationalities loves you and appreciate your effort, your values and how you are 😀🙏🏻😌👌🏻.
And thank you so much for my gift, as today is my birthday, you made my day 😉.
ORGULLOSOS DE TÍ, Keep going VAMOS RAFA 💫💥⚡🌀🌊🌠🔥
Well done champ. Step by step, keep it up on saturday. Vamos Rafa❤️
Rafa congratulations well don vamosssssss champ good luck love you fans for ever 🎾😘👍😘🎾👍
Well done boy, keep up the good work, focus and forget about the drunk woman, u are the star
Congratulations Rafa. God bless you. Love,Mary Lynn
I keep trying to post a comment but it doesn’t show up for some reason.
Anyway, Rafa’s reaction to that rude lady was so cute.
A very impressive performance from Rafa has me believing that he may just win the AO 21 . The serve is good , the return of serve is good , the baseline game is impressive and the net game was strong as Rafa managed to put away every overhand slam . Hope Rafa can build on this win vs Norrie and get a straight set victory ..
Straight sets-congrats, Rafael Nadal. Stay healthy; good luck in the next round👏💪👍🤛🍀❤️
Crispy chicken from Rafa. Looking good so far without any drama.
Keep it going champ!
I can see Rafa getting it easy in 3rd round. Too strong for Cam Norrie