2019 Australian Open: Nadal keeps dominant form to ease into next round

Reuters

Posted at Jan 23 2020 09:07 PM

Nadal on Thursday muscled his way into the third round with a commanding 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-1 victory over Argentine Federico Delbonis. Hannah McKay, Reuters

MELBOURNE—Top seed Rafa Nadal continued his relentless progress through the Australian Open draw on Thursday, muscling his way into the third round with a commanding 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-1 victory over Argentine Federico Delbonis.

The Spaniard, hunting for a second Australian Open title 11 years after his first, has now lost only three sets in his last nine matches at Melbourne Park, all in his defeat to Novak Djokovic in last year's final.

World No. 76 Delbonis never looked like adding to that tally in the two and a half hour contest on Rod Laver Arena, particularly as he was unable to muster up as much as a single break point against the 19-times Grand Slam champion.

The world No. 1 was a little profligate with his break points — converting only three of 20 — but still comfortably moved through to a meeting with compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta. (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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