World no. 1 Rafael Nadal is through to the second round at the Australian Open, beating Hugo Dellien 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 in just over two hours. Nadal controlled the pace on the court, firing 38 winners and 21 unforced errors while dropping 19 points behind the initial shot, suffering two breaks while already playing in the safe zone.
On the other hand, he took more than a half points in the Bolivian's service games, creating 18 opportunities and converting eight to have the upper hand all the time and advance into the second round. Speaking with another former Australian Open champion Jim Courier on Rod Laver Arena, Rafa reflected on the previous season that he finished on the throne for the fifth time in career despite some ups and downs.
Asked about the brightest moment, Rafa said he has to put his wedding in front of Roland Garros and the US Open crowns, with his wife Xisca standing in his box. Overall, it was a rock-solid year for the Spaniard, playing in the final at the Australian Open before a couple of slower weeks due to injuries that made his struggle a little bit in the first events on clay.
After that, Nadal claimed titles in Rome, Roland Garros, Montreal and the US Open, advancing into the semi-final at Wimbledon and battling with Novak Djokovic for the year-end no. 1 spot that, in the end, went to his hands after they both lost in the round-robin at the ATP Finals.
"2019 was really special, with all good results and experiences I went through all over the world. Still, I have to put my wedding over Roland Garros and the US Open, with Xisca being here in the stands. I had some low moments at the beginning of the season, with injuries and all that; it became better during the clay season, I started to play some great tennis and turn it into a special season for me. I'm excited about the new one as well and I hope to maintain the current level for as long as possible."