“I’m happy to be in the third round. For my team and my family, this tournament is the favourite of the year so I want to stay as long as possible” said Nadal.
The tennis champion Rafael nadal who have been out of some games since his knee injury in November, 2017 returned to the game at the Australian open this year where he lost his first match of the year 6-4, 7-5 to Richard Gasquet at the Kooyong classic.
The injury according the player was almost wrapped up as he declared that his knee “held up fine” after the lost match and swore to give in to more training and preparation for the other matches to come.
Obviously, the player did give in to more training as its result was evident in his match against Leonardo Mayer, where he withstood and eventually emerged winner against the spirited performance of Mayer and qualified for the third round of the Australian open.
The world number one tennis champion was not so lucky in his tournament with Richard and was not so dominant in his first-round victory over Victor Estrella but had his way more dominantly with the Australian player Mayer whose performance would not let him pull out of that round.
This match meant so much to the tennis giant who said “it’s an important victory for me, a tough opponent. Leonardo is a player with big potential. He hits the ball so strong that I had to hit some great shots in the tiebreak.”
The above statement showed that the opponent was really a tough one and the match wasn’t quite an easy win for Nadal as Leonardo showed great resistance to break the Nadal serve when he (Nadal) served for the match before going down 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).
Defeated Leonardo showed no sign of anger or serious emotions as he did at the US open last summer when he won the first set of the third round clash between him and Nadal before Nadal’s game geared and spiked.