2021 in Review: Rafael Nadal loses seven games versus Michael Mmoh



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2021 in Review: Rafael Nadal loses seven games versus Michael Mmoh

World no. 2 Rafael Nadal toppled Michael Mmoh 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 47 minutes in the Australian Open second round. It was another fine performance from the 20-time Major champion, who lost 12 points behind the initial shot and denied break chances.

The young American was far from that pace, giving serve away five times and standing powerless in front of Nadal's 40 winners and 24 unforced errors. Rafa needed 28 minutes to seal the opening set 6-1, dropping six points behind the initial shot and scoring two breaks for a commanding lead.

The Spaniard claimed the opening game with a service winner and landed an ace down the T line in game three to remain in front. World no. 2 grabbed a break at love in game four with a forehand crosscourt winner and forced Michael's error to bring another service game home and race into a 4-1 lead in 20 minutes.

In game six, a backhand winner earned a break chance for Nadal. He seized it following a forehand mistake from the American and held at 15 for 6-1 and a massive boost ahead of set number two.

Rafael Nadal scored a comfortable victory over Michael Mmoh in Melbourne.

Landing 83% of the first serve in, Nadal stood strong in the second set, dropping three points behind the initial shot and challenging Mmoh to repeat that if he wanted to stay in contention.

Raising his level in comparison to the opener, Michael won the first couple of service games to stay at 2-2. The more experienced player changed the course of the set in game five when he grabbed a break at 15, followed by another comfortable hold that sent him 4-2 ahead.

The Spaniard held at love in game eight with a forced error and closed the set at 5-4 with an ace to move closer to the finish line. Mmoh had to dig deep at the beginning of the third, fending off five break chances in games one and three to remain on the positive side.

Rafa stayed determined and earned a break at 2-2 with a backhand crosscourt winner, confirming it with a perfect drop shot to move 4-2 ahead. In game seven, the Spaniard painted another forehand winner to secure another break and moved over the top with an unreturned serve in the next one.