MELBOURNE (AFP) - Rafael Nadal said Monday he changed into thrilled with his remodelled serve and his fitness degrees after blazing into the second round of the Australian Open.

The Spanish global wide variety demolished combating Australian wildcard James Duckworth 6-four, 6-3, 7-5.

After an damage-plagued 2018, the 17-time Grand Slam champion became again to his devastating vintage self as he raced via in 2hr 15min.

"It changed into accurate. It is ordinary that beginnings are difficult, however every day facilitates and every day makes me experience better, makes me feel greater confident," stated Nadal, who limped out of both the Australian and US Opens final yr.

"so that’s an important victory due to the fact it's far the primary victory due to the fact some time, and at the same time, because that gives me the threat to be on courtroom again. And that’s what I need nowadays."

Nadal had promised to unveil a remodelled, progressed serve at the primary Grand Slam of the year and the new motion turned into going smoothly until he served for the suit at five-3 inside the third set most effective for Duckworth to interrupt to like.

It introduced a massive ovation from the house supporters and any other roar as the sector quantity 238 held for five-five. However Nadal insisted his new serve was no longer to blame.

"while i am getting damaged was no longer due to the serve," said the second seed who dished up only a single double fault.

"I played in opposition to a amazing-aggressive player. Agree with me, he went on courtroom in all likelihood doing a factor that works nicely for him, and it gave him a few probabilities -- he played smart and he performed properly."

I felt solid

 

Nadal used all his revel in to win his next provider recreation from 15-30 down earlier than breaking Duckworth again for the directly-sets win.

"whilst you play in opposition to a player that he desires to hit all of the pictures, of route you can have breaks in opposition to, because you are once in a while in his arms," said Nadal.

"but besides, my serve worked well. I don’t recognize my percentage, however became a whole lot of excellent positions after the first serve. I felt stable with the second one."

he's going to subsequent play both another Australian Matthew Ebden or Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff who face off later Monday.

Nadal pulled out of his Brisbane warm-up occasion weeks in the past with a thigh stress however insisted his damage woes were at the back of him.

"It turned into unhappy no longer to play in Brisbane. I had a small difficulty on the leg and the medical doctor wouldn’t permit me on court despite the fact that I wanted," Nadal said.

"It’s usually different pains appearing within the first weeks again after a while. I'm seeking to be better and better each day. I had an amazing week of exercise earlier than this match."