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Rafael Nadal in serving action

‘It’s a positive feeling to win in straight sets,’ says Rafael Nadal as he eases into round three

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Rafael Nadal says he definitely felt he had improved after beating American Michael Mmoh at the Australian Open.

Nadal came into the Australian Open with a back injury, meaning he had no competitive matches until the first round.

He cruised through that one, though, and he says he has gone up a gear again in round two.

“I always try to be better – sometimes it happens and sometimes not,” Nadal said on court after his 6-1 6-4 6-2 win. “It’s a positive feeling winning in straight sets.

“I wish Michael all the very best for the rest of the season. I’ll focus on what’s coming.

“I had heard about Michael. Yesterday I watched some videos of him to learn a little more about him.”

Rafael Nadal will face British number two Cameron Norrie in round three after he beat Roman Safiullin in four sets.

On the upcoming clash with Nadal, Norrie said: “I was really happy to get through that and I play Rafa next, that’ll be on a big court, so nice to get used to the indoor courts.

“I had a tough first round, then I looked and saw [Nadal] next to me, I have never played him before and it will be a great experience for me.

“I can’t wait to get out there and show him what I’ve got.”


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