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Rafael Nadal too good for Leonardo Mayer at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal dropped just three games in the opening round of the Australian Open and his second win was also comfortable, overcoming Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in two hours, 38 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.

tennis Updated: Jan 17, 2018 14:25 IST
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Rafael Nadal returns to Leonardo Mayer during their men's singles second round match on day three of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Rafael Nadal returns to Leonardo Mayer during their men's singles second round match on day three of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne on Wednesday.(AFP)

Rafael Nadal continued his dominance of Leonardo Mayer as the world No 1 cruised into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday.

The Spaniard dropped just three games in the opening round and his second win was also comfortable, overcoming Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in two hours, 38 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.

Nadal, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, was largely untroubled by his Argentine opponent to make it five wins in as many meetings with Mayer.

Drawing attention for his sleeveless outfit, Nadal was in command from the outset as he set up a third-round clash against 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.

Nadal only needed one break in the first set – in the fourth game – before taking a 2-0 lead in the second.

Mayer, the world number 52, battled hard during the second set, but Nadal committed just one unforced error during the 44 minutes.

Nadal, playing somewhat passively as the clash went on, seemed set for victory when he broke in the ninth game, only for Mayer to respond immediately, converting a break point with a backhand winner.

Pushed to a tie-break, Nadal’s level lifted at the key moment as he closed out his win.