Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal gained his sole Australian Open title in 2009
Dates: 17-30 January Venue: Melbourne Park
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Rafael Nadal started his bid for a males’s file twenty first Grand Slam title with victory over Marcos Giron within the Australian Open first spherical.

Sixth seed Nadal, the one former Melbourne champion left within the males’s draw, beat American Giron 6-1 6-4 6-2.

The Spaniard is making his return to Grand Slam tennis after a five-month layoff with a foot damage.

“I’ve had very difficult months, powerful moments and a whole lot of doubts,” he stated on courtroom.

Nadal is the one member of the ‘Large Three’ competing in Melbourne after nine-time Melbourne champion Novak Djokovic’s visa was cancelled on Sunday.

His sole Australian Open title got here in 2009 however he won the Melbourne Summer Set within the build-up to the match.

He was hardly ever troubled towards Giron, hitting 34 winners to assist arrange a second-round assembly with German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann who dismissed house favorite and Adelaide champion Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2 6-3 6-2.

“You by no means know if you come again from accidents – issues are troublesome and also you go daily,” Nadal, 35, stated.

“However I am staying constructive. I gained three matches and a title right here final week.”

Berrettini by although ‘my physique wasn’t there’

Elsewhere, Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini overcame abdomen issues to beat American 20-year-old Brandon Nakashima.

The Italian took a medical timeout through the second set and wrote ‘Imodium, grazie’ on the digital camera lens after his 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 victory.

“I have been feeling sick with my abdomen, as an example that,” Berrettini stated.

“I actually held with my psychological power principally, as a result of my physique wasn’t there.”

France’s Gael Monfils continued his good kind with a 6-1 6-1 6-3 win over Argentine Federico Coria, whereas rising star Carlos Alcaraz of Spain got here by 6-2 6-2 6-3 towards Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo.

Canadian 14th seed Denis Shapovalov beat Serbia’s Laslo Djere 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-3) and Polish tenth seed Hubert Hurkacz superior with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 victory over Egor Gerasimov of Belarus.

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