Rafael Nadal qualified for the second round of the Australian Open 2022 and to remain unbeaten in the first round after seventeen years. The first confrontation with Marcos Giron, who has yet to win a match in the main draw of the Slam Down-Under, was poor in twists.
The very Spanish champion, who with the first ball available leaves just seven points on the road, cancels the only two break points that he puts on the American tennis player’s plate, as per protocol he dominates the confrontation-direct from the baseline and some difficulties condense it only in the second. set.
Even if in reality he breaks the equilibrium at the start and a handful of set points also gets them at 5-3. In short: the final 6-1 6-4 6-3 also leaves little room for interpretation: in the second round there could be Thanasi Kokkinakis, called Yannick Hanfmann to the test after the success in Adelaide.
One of the best point of the match was won by Rafa thanks to a forehand after an amazing rally.
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