World number one Rafael Nadal claimed another uncomplicated win at the Australian Open, beating Leonardo Mayer.
Perform Update: 17 January 2018 12:09 h CET
Rafael Nadal continued his dominance over Leonardo Mayer as the world number one traveled into the Australian Open 3rd round on Wednesday.
Sleeveless Nadal cruises to 3rd round
The Spaniard dropped just three video games in the opening round and his second win was also comfortable, getting rid of Mayer 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in two hours, 38 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.
Nadal, a 16-time grand slam champion, was mostly untroubled by his Argentine opponent to make it five wins in as numerous conferences with Mayer. Drawing attention to his sleeveless attire, Nadal was in command from the outset as he set up a third-round clash against 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.
Nadal left energy in the tank for next round.
Nadal just needed one break in the very first set– in the fourth video game– before taking a 2-0 lead in the second. Mayer, the world number 52, fought hard during the 2nd set. However, Nadal devoted simply one unforced error during the 44 minutes.
Nadal, playing somewhat passively as the clash went on, seemed set for success when he broke in the ninth video game, just for Mayer to react instantly, transforming a break point with a backhand winner.
Pressed to a tie-break, Nadal’s level raised at the key moment as he closed out his win.
Nadal  bt Mayer 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-4).
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