Rafael Nadal's march to Melbourne Park continues without any particular hitches. Fresh from the very rapid success against Marcos Giron, the very Spanish champion does not make any particular changes to the script in the match-up with Yannick Hanfmann and reaches the third round for the sixteenth time in his career in the Slam down under.
After a relatively poor first set of problems, spiced only by an empty pass at 2-2 and in equal measure by a 4-0 breakthrough, Nadal gets chances in the four response rounds in the second. Even if he needs the eighth game to deliver the decisive push.
The third set is definitely more struggled, with the 2009 champion who still breaks in the third game and who at the first useful opportunity with the available serve fixed at 6-2 6-3 6-4 the seventy-one success at the Australian Open.
At the end of a very hard rally, with physical energy expended on both sides, and with the forehand along the line that seemed lethal, Nadal managed with his incredible speed to stay in the exchange and to win the point with an unreal passing shot.