Rafael Nadal has started his adventure on the right foot Australian Open. The Mallorcan tennis player starts as the second favorite in Melbourne, despite having been four months without competing, and did not disappoint against the local James Duckworth by winning 6-4, 6-3 and 7-5.
The Balearic, who was crowned in 2009 on the banks of the Yarra River, completed a serious game against Duckworth, 238th ranked world, without any symptoms of physical discomfort after playing his last official match against the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the last US Open, where he had to leave due to injury.
Nadal responded wonderfully to Duckworth's attacks
Further, Nadal he could not prepare his preseason as he had planned because some discomfort in his left thigh forced him to retire from the tournament in Brisbane during the first week of January.
The Australian took advantage of the lack of rhythm of the Mallorcan to not move away considerably on the scoreboard and even to push with a break at the start of the second set. Nadal responded wonderfully to any attempt of reaction of a brawler Duckworth, who gave his last serve to put the decisive 7-5 on the scoreboard.
The player born in Manacor got six direct services and granted two breaks in which was the premiere of his new gesture in the service. "It's not easy to come back after so many months without playing and especially against a player as aggressive as Duckworth. I am very happy to start like this after so long, "said the second seed after the conclusion of the game.
Nadal, who will have the opportunity in Australia to become the first player was "Open" (after 1968) to own two or more titles in each of the Grand Slam, will face in the second round the winner of the match that will face the German Jan-Lennard Struff and the Australian Matthew Ebden.