Second sentence: Laslo Djere * 3-6, 1-2 Rafael Nadal (* denotes server) Here we go again Nothing spectacular from Nadal in this game, but he does enough to make this second sentence first time to break you’d probably expect Nadal to gush away by now
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Second sentence: Laslo Djere 3-6, 1-1 Rafael Nadal * (* denotes server) Nadal answers with a no-nonsense service game that he closes out of love. There’s not much to add to that
Over on Margaret Court, Daniil Medvedev crosses against Vasek Pospisil â ???? The Russian has secured the second set and is leading with 6-2, 6-2, 2-2
Second set: Laslo Djere * 3-6, 1-0 Rafael Nadal (* denotes server) Awarded by Djere! Faced with adversity, and knowing that if broken early, his task will be very, very difficult, he manages to hold
First set: Laslo Djere 3-6 Rafael Nadal * (* denotes server) Djere goes 30: 0 on Nadal’s serve and suddenly it looks like he has a chance to get back into this set. But he Serbe misses his opportunity leaving Nadal behind and there is no looking back at the second seed from there A shame on Djere but he showed enough to encourage the second set
First sentence: Laslo Djere * 3-5 Rafael Nadal (* denotes server) Djere seems to have rightly taken the confidence out of this break in service. He continues his newly found form in his service game, which he wins at the age of 15 Great stuff has found his groove
First sentence: Laslo Djere 2-5 Rafael Nadal * (* denotes server) Aha! What is it then? Djere surprises Nadal and immediately manages to break back. Is there already life in this set?
First sentence: Laslo Djere * 1-5 Rafael Nadal (* denotes server) Oof! Nadal is flying here! A glorious forehand return from a Djere serve seals another game – and another break for the Spaniard
First set: Laslo Djere 1-4 Rafael Nadal * (* denotes server) Another comfortable service game is possible for Nadal, who wastes no time in this first set
In the Margaret Court Arena, Daniil Medvedev, the fourth seed, also looks comfortable. The Russian is a set and 3-1 against Vasek Pospisil
First sentence: Laslo Djere * 1-3 Rafael Nadal (* denotes server) Djere makes a casual mistake at the beginning of this game and has to be careful today – he simply cannot afford to give Nadal anything. The Serb then does literally one more slip when his club slips out of his hand in mid-serve – it is thrown onto the court and he has to replace it. Nevertheless, he regains his composure and climbs onto the scoreboard for the first time
First set: Laslo Djere 0-3 Rafael Nadal * (* denotes server) So far, things have gone completely according to plan for Nadal. He only made one mistake in this game when he was forced to pick up a deep ball and his forehand -Return goes a long way Otherwise it’s the Nadal textbook, and without breaking a sweat, it’s three games for the better
First set: Laslo Djere * 0-2 Rafael Nadal (* denotes server) Nadal opens the whipped left-handed forehand completely for the first time, to give Djere a foretaste of what he is up against today and will be for the Serb it doesn’t get any better, as the 20-time Grand Slam winner booked a first break of the day
First set: Laslo Djere 0-1 Rafael Nadal * (* denotes server) Nadal jumps over the baseline with typical energy when he receives his first balls at the Australian Open 2021 And there are no signs of discomfort in his back, since the second seed holds up easily enough on its opening game
The throw Djere won it and decided to receive first Rafa has the ball in hand and we are ready to go
So to Rafael Nadal The Spaniard has not won the title in Melbourne Park since 2009, but wants to break this series this year and at the same time get Roger Federer in the Grand Slam list of all-time winners with a 21 Drop the title
But is there a problem? The number 2 in the world has a back injury that he has been suffering from for fourteen days and that forced him out of the ATP Cup last week.Not only is his movement on the pitch restricted, he also lacks match practice
Will that play a role today against world No. 56 Playing Laslo Djere? You’d think even a not-entirely-fitting Nadal would be too good for the Serb, who has a career high of 27 (as of June 2019) and has never won a major draw game at the Australian Open, so it will certainly be interesting to see how Nadal’s body looks dealing with the rigors of Grand Slam tennis
Nadal and Djere are on trial, but let’s quickly catch up on today’s major events
We’re two games in the Rod Laver Arena both were over in straight sets, but the results for Sofia Kenin and Elina Svitolina barely tell the tale of the volume, the record books show defending champion Kenin defeating Australian wildcard Maddison Inglis in straight sets, but it wasn’t a walk in the park for the fourth seed this year Inglis was broke twice and had a 3-1 advantage early on before he pushed Kenin to the front in the Americans 7-5: 6: 4
“Obviously she’s playing the defending champion, so of course she’s more relaxed” Kenin said afterwards I’m obviously tight I wasn’t 100% mentally there But a win is a win and I’ll take itâ ????
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Likewise, it was anything but easy for the fifth seed Svitolina, who finally finished the victory over Marie Bouzková 6: 3, 7: 6, but had to deal very carefully with a thorough examination of their qualifications
Two-time former champion Victoria Azarenka was ricocheted when the inexperienced Jessica Pegula came from behind to win after Belarus led 5-2 in the first set, Azarenka, who apparently had difficulty breathing, had one in the second taking medical time out before finally losing 7-5, 6-4
Paula Badosa, who had signed Covid-19 in the run-up to the tournament, was also eliminated and lost 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-5 to the Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova
Elsewhere, the former world number 1 Garbiñe Muguruza went into the second round with a 6: 4: 6: 0 win over Russian Margarita Gasparyan, while Swiss elf Beninda Benc took three sets to beat Lauren enforce Davis from the US
“I think it’s a maturity issue,” Muguruza said tennis players never relax no matter what round or tournament I feel like I’m doing different things now I accept the fact that it can go wrong I’m more open for adjustment, for uncertaintyâ ????
Weather update: As mentioned, it’s lovely in Melbourne today, the sun is shining and a high of 24 ° C is expected I would say these are pretty perfect conditions to play tennis on Wednesday and Thursday, though the mercury gets hot in the early 30s, it gets significantly hotter
After a somewhat subdued start to this year’s Australian Open under gray skies at Melbourne Park, today’s game is in full swing in a variety of conditions with the sun shining and things warming up nicely and there is still a lot to do
Of particular note is Rafa Nadal, who launched his campaign to win a 21st Grand Slam record title in the Rod Laver Arena against the Serbian Laslo Djere starts Injury worries about the Spaniard have just made his start a little more fascinating. More on that shortly
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, fourth and in great shape, will face Canadian Vasek Pospisil at Margaret Court Arena, while Alex De Minaur will play Tennys Sandgren at John Cain Arena not before 4 p.m. local time
Tonight it is Ash Barty’s turn to start her title tilt. The crowd favorite is Danka KoviniÄ ?? In the hope that she can be the first Australian to win an individual Open title on home soil since Chris O’Neun in 1978. In the men’s draw, the fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas meets the French classic car Gilles Simon Plus much, much more
So let’s get started. Feel free to contact us by email (mikehytner @ theguardiancom) or Twitter (@mike_hytner) Ready? play
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