Rafael Nadal shows little effort in his starting game at the Australian Open and defeats James Duckworth 6: 4, 6: 3, 7: 5.
Behind Rafael Nadal's skill before the start of the Australian Open stood a big question mark. The Spaniard had to cancel the preparation tournament in Brisbane at short notice due to thigh complaints. In his opening match in Melbourne Nadal now but a clear answer –
Playfully, however, "Bull from Manacor" against James Duckworth (ATP 237) showed quite a weakness or two. For example, in the third set, when Nadal could earn the match in the 5: 3 game.
Instead, the 17-time Grand Slam winner took the break to zero. Since Nadal took another nail, he still won the seat 7: 5 and won after 2:15 hours.
Always in control of the situation
Duckworth knew how to fight back and played well, The key points had australia-equipped with a wildcard, but delivered almost without exception. Then he missed it to capitalize in the second round of a Breakvorsprung capital. On the contrary: Nadal responded immediately, managed directly about the rebreaker and took his opponent to win the second set a little later from the service – the preliminary decision.
Finally, Nadal had a Winner error of 38: 11, a strong value. In Round 2, the Spanish number 2 will be the winner of the duel between Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP 51) and Matthew Ebden (ATP 48).
Transmission: Radio SRF 3, afternoon bulletin, 10.01.2019, 16:05