'Rafael Nadal doesn’t have time to run around and...', says legend

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'Rafael Nadal doesn’t have time to run around and...', says legend

Rafael Nadal starts very well in the Australian Open 2021. The number 2 in the world gets rid of the Serbian Laslo Djere with a score of 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 without too many problems. The other two big players on the day also respect the predictions: Daniil Medvedev beats the Canadian Vasek Pospisil, while Stefanos Tsitsipas beats the French Gilles Simon.

Andrei Rublev also did well. Surprisingly eliminated instead Roberto Bautista Agut and David Goffin. Rafael Nadal's debut match at the Australian Open 2021 lasts just under two hours. The Majorcan gets rid of the Serbian Laslo Djere with a score of 6-3, 6-4, 6-1.

A clear and convincing useful victory, with Nadal always starting strong under pressure and thus taking home the first three consecutive games, complete with a break. The superiority of the Spaniard is evident: he takes advantage of all the uncertainties of the opponent to snatch his serve again by taking the lead 5-1.

Djere tries to react with determination, but fails to return definitively and gives up the first set 6-3. The Serbian is forced to cancel his opponent's break points, three only in the first game. Nadal, from the start of the second set, continues to keep his opponent under pressure and breaks the balance in the third game with an excellent break (2-1).

For the southpaw of Manacor it is child's play to keep the advantage until the tenth game when he is good at canceling the three chances of returning to a tie won by Djere, closing at 6-4. The third set is literally without history: Nadal stretches up to 2-0, after which he wins four games in a row and closes at 6-1.

During an interview, the 7-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander talked about being impressed by Nadal’s first-round performance.

Wilander on Rafael Nadal’s penchant for early season injuries

“Rafael Nadal’s hitting it harder on the backhand side than on the forehand, and part of that is Nadal wanting to shorten points; the courts are quicker, so he doesn’t have time to run around and hit forehands.

So he needs to hit flat backhands,” said Mats Wilander. The former World number 1 feels Nadal’s injuries stem from the fact that the Spaniard has to practice on hard courts for a long duration before the Australian Open.

Nadal’s high repetition training often ends up taking a toll on his body. “It could be a combination of hard courts and practising; He needs more repetition and pushes himself hard. This is Rafa Nadal, this is what he has done throughout his whole career and he is going to push himself to the limit,” added Wilander.