Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Nadal struggles to win in first round of Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia ( Associated Press) — Rafael Nadal seemed in no real danger of becoming the first Australian Open defending champion to lose in the first round since current coach Carlos Moya defeated Boris Becker a quarter-century ago.

Still, it wasn’t a great match for Nadal, who enters the southpaw matchup against 21-year-old Jack Draper in 2023 with an 0-2 record and six losses in their last seven meetings. After nearly two hours of erratic play, Nadal found himself tied at one set each.

On an afternoon when the temperature was hovering around 30 °C (85 Fahrenheit), she seemed to take advantage of her opponent’s cramps when Draper suddenly went ahead on a break in the fourth set. From there, Nadal did not miss a game and began his campaign to extend his record 23 Grand Slam titles with a 7–5, 2–6, 6–4, 6–1 victory, which included Took more than three hours. at Rod Laver Arena.

Nadal was not at his peak. In general it was a tough game. However, he tried to see it on the bright side.

“If we take into account the whole situation in the last six months,” said the 36-year-old Spaniard, “I think it was a very positive start.”

The biggest surprise of the day was the return of Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios, who will need surgery on his left knee.

Meanwhile, Americans Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff made a solid start in their quest to win their maiden Grand Slam title and advanced to the second round.

Third seed Pegula beat Romania’s Jacqueline Cristian 6-0, 6-1, while seventh seed Gauff defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 6-four in a second-set flick.

Both players can clash in the semi-finals.

Pegula, a quarter-finalist in each of the last two editions in Melbourne, needed just 59 minutes to overcome world number 161 Christian, who was competing in his third Grand Slam.

“Today was one of those days where everything worked out,” said Pegula, who will face the winner of the match between Czech Brenda Fruhvirtova and Belarusian Aliksandra Sasnovich in the next round.

Gauff, who reached her first Grand Slam final last year at the French Open, had the honor of being the first player to compete at Rod Laver Arena and dominated Siniakova in the first set.

The Czech had led 4–2 in the second, but Gauff came from behind to win on her seventh match point.

Gauff will now face former US Open champion Ema Raducanu after the Briton injured his left ankle in a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch.

Another former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu reached the second round, while 28th-ranked Amanda Anisimova lost 6-3, 6-4 to Marta Kostyuk.

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