Rafael Nadal defeated James Duckworth in straight sets, 6-3 6-4 7-5, to win his first match on the professional tour since the US Open quarter-final against Dominic Thiem. In the second set on Monday in Melbourne Nadal was broken, but he thought it was his opponent's credit.
'When I got broken it was not because of my serve', said Nadal, who has adopted a new motion in the recent times. 'I played against a super aggressive player. He went on court probably doing a thing that works well for him, and he gives him some chances.
And he played smart and he played well. When you play against a player that he wants to go for all the shots, of course you can have breaks against, because you are sometimes in his hands. But anyway, my serve worked well. I don't know my percentage, but was a lot of good positions after the first serve.
I felt solid with the second. And in general terms I am happy about the victory of today against, as I said before, a very difficult opponent to play.' On his fitness condition, Nadal - who underwent a foot surgery in November last year - added: 'It's normal that beginnings are tough, but every day helps and every day makes me feel better, makes me feel more confident.
So that's an important victory because is the first victory since a while, and at the same time, because that gives me the chance to be on court again. And that's what I need today.' ALSO READ: Djokovic would beat Roger Federer in Australian Open final - Evert