Rafael Nadal: I made positive start to my Australian Open campaign

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It is a big ask for the 33-year-old Nadal, who has only won the title once before in Australia, against a tearful Federer in 2009, with four runner-up finishes to his name.

The Mallorcan, the first man to be world number one in three different decades, cannot only match his great rival's achievement, but also become the first man in the Open era to win all four Majors at least twice if he lifts the trophy again at Melbourne Park.

"I have to take care of my answers now".

"A positive start", Nadal said, via the Associated Press.

"It's not like 20 is the number that I need to reach".

"Goran's influencing me a little bit", Djokovic stated of among his instructors, Goran Ivanisevic, among just 4 gamers to strike 10,000 aces.

"It's great to be back in this arena that has a very special place in my heart", Djokovic said in a post-match interview.

The scoreline was eerily similar to that at the 2018 Australian Open, when the two women met in the first round, on the same court, with Zhang also triumphing after dropping the first set, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.

"I have been a break up twice in the fifth set and I lost".

Williams made short work of Russia's Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-3, while Wozniacki - who is playing in her final tournament before retirement - beat American Kristie Ahn 6-1, 6-3.

A flagging Dellien gave it his best shot but Nadal quickly raced 3-0 up in the third set as his physicality and power shone through and there was no way back.

The reigning French and US Open champion plays either Federico Delbonis or Joao Sousa next on Wednesday in his quest for a second title in Melbourne.

"Last week I started slower and then increased the intensity later in the week to try to be competitive here".

"That should be my main goal".

Federer played with Sinner in Rome past year and also practised with him after the Laureus sports awards in Monaco, and offered some insights on Monday.

"If I am able to reach my highest level, that's the thing that I have to worry about". "Of course you can always play better and I expect myself to be better as the tournament progresses, but it was a good matchup and I'm glad how I overcame the challenge".



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