Australian Open: Rafael Nadal advances to round 2 with comfortable win over Florian Mayer

first_imgFive years after their last meeting, Rafael Nadal beat Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a first-round match at Melbourne Park.The pair last met on clay at Rome in 2012, when Nadal won in straight sets.Playing an afternoon match on Rod Laver Arena in 36 degree Celsius (97 Fahrenheit) temperatures, the ninth-seeded Nadal looked sharp despite having taken two injury breaks last year. He played only four matches after a fourth-round loss at the U.S. Open in September.He’s already gone one round longer than last year here. In 2016, he lost to Fernando Verdasco in the first round at Melbourne Park, his only first-round loss at the Australian Open and only the second of his career at a Grand Slam, the other being Wimbledon in 2013 to Steve Darcis.RAONIC THUMPS BROWN AGAINMilos Raonic and Dustin Brown renewed their Grand Slam duel on Tuesday and the result was the same as the last time a three-set win for the tall Canadian.Raonic and Brown met for the first time in the first round of last year’s U.S. Open, where Raonic won in straight sets.On Tuesday, Raonic defeated Brown 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.Last year as the 13th-seeded player, Raonic had his best performance at Melbourne Park, advancing to the semifinals before losing to Andy Murray.The 26-year-old Raonic is playing in his seventh Australian Open and in his 24th major. His best result so far has been a run to the Wimbledon final last year.last_img

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