Rafael Nadal, manages to overcome the first round of the 2023 Australian Open against Jack Draper and reach Mackenzie McDonald in the second round. A discreet first set, a terrifying second, a surreal third and a normal fourth.
Also thanks to an opponent who from the initial stages of the third set is forced to live with a muscle problem. Overall, Nadal does what he has to do even if he suffers more than expected and wins with a 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-1 that he matures after almost four hours of play.
In the last set, Nadal, who immediately recovers the disadvantage, at 2-1 at the end of a grueling exchange essentially gets himself a ball to make it 3-1 and wins. Also because Draper completely stops moving and limits himself to dragging himself from one side of the field to the other, shooting everything that comes to hand.
Nadal jumps to 4-1 without particular difficulties, lands another blow in response and despite some worries in closing seals the success after three hours and forty-one minutes. In the post match on court interview, Rafa talked about his paternity.
He told: "Being a father is one of the most beautiful things in this life."
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