Australia Open: Impressive Rafael Nadal Cruises Into 2nd Round

Rafael Nadal answered doubts about his fitness in emphatic fashion as he began his Australian Open campaign with a thumping win over Victor Estrella Burgos.

The world number one came into the tournament without having played a warm-up event following knee problems at the end of last season.

But he was anything but rusty as he raced to a 6-1 6-1 6-1 win in just an hour and 34 minutes.

Veteran Estrella Burgos was not expected to provide too much of a challenge to Nadal and so it proved.

The 37-year-old from the Dominican Republic earned a rousing reception when, after a long game, he broke the Nadal serve to avoid losing the second set to love.

But it was simply a minor detour for Nadal who, in his first match since his uncle Toni stopped travelling as his coach, could barely have asked for a better outing.

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