Rafael Nadal had a great day in the office with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win against 126th-ranked German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann on Wednesday to march into the Australian Open third round and stay on track for a record 21st Grand Slam title.
Hanfmann saved four match points, including two on the Spaniard’s serve, before the 2009 champion secured victory on Rod Laver Arena.
Having played him before at Roland Garros I knew that he is dangerous. His result against Thanasi [Kokkinakis] in the first round says that he is playing great and coming from the qualies he was used to the courts. He has big shots, a good serve and has a lot of potential. Today his level was much higher than his ranking says.
As I said before the tournament, things are not going to be perfect, but every day that I spend on court, the chances to play better a higher. Things that I can improve I have to improve. Winning today allows me to practice again tomorrow, to be ready for another match. After two matches it’s the moment to make a step forward.Rafa Nadal
Rafa will face either Russian 28th seed Karen Khachanov or Benjamin Bonzi of France next.