Australian Open: Nadal drubs Australia’s Duckworth in opener

Reuters Melbourne | Updated on January 14, 2019 Published on January 14, 2019

Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the match against Australia's James Duckworth at the Australian Open on Monday, January 14, 2019   -  Reuters

The Spaniard broke Duckworth six times while surrendering his serve twice

Former champion Rafael Nadal showed no signs of discomfort from his thigh strain as he sailed through to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over local hope James Duckworth on Monday.

The first meeting between the 17-times Grand Slam champion, a winner at Melbourne Park in 2009, and Australian wildcard Duckworth, who is ranked 238 in the world, always had the potential to be an uneven contest.

The second-seeded Spaniard had pulled out of the Brisbane warm-up with a thigh strain to raise doubts about his campaign but he allayed those fears on Rod Laver Arena against an error-prone opponent.

The Spaniard, who will next meet the winner of Australian Matthew Ebden's contest with Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, broke Duckworth six times while surrendering his serve twice and brought an end to the match with a brilliant crosscourt winner.

Published on January 14, 2019
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