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There are three later matches with British interest with Jo Konta, Fran Jones and Dan Evans facing Cam Norrie.

So we’ll now take you through the action from day two. 

Rafa is off and running – but has changed his service action

The world No.2 displayed a new service action to take the pressure off his back injury during a comfortable win over Laslo Djere.

Nadal did not play in any of Spain’s ATP Cup matches last week and gave a downbeat assessment of his fitness ahead of the tournament.

But the French Open champion beat the Serb 6-3 6-4 6-. “My back is not perfect It has been a tough 15 days for me because I have had some issues with the back.

“I needed to survive today and that is what I did. I just tried to focus all the time and get through. I did a good job today.

“Straight sets is what I needed. Let’s go day-by-day. I am still alive and I want to be here as long as possible.”

Heather Watson overcomes Kristyna Pliskova and hard lockdown

The British No.2 spent 16 days locked in her hotel room and revealed she suffered a leg spasm on her return to training last week.

But the Channel Islander came out and bounced the Czech 7-6 7-6 yesterday.

“It made the victory today it sweeter because we’d been through a lot the last few weeks,” Watson said.

“Body’s definitely sore. I’ve had an ice bath the last few days. I’m taking care of my body very carefully because actually four days ago my left leg went into spasm and I couldn’t finish practicing. I was really worried about if I was going to be able to play my first round here. Mentally I felt super strong because I’d got through it.

Sofia Kenin feels the strain

After Gael Monfils yesterday, today the defending woman’s champion admitted she was choking back tears through her An 7-5 6-4 win over local wildcard Maddison Inglis.

The American No.4 seed said:

“Yeah, emotions, some tears and stuff. Eyes were a little bit wet during the match,” she said.

“I try to cool off, put that aside … As the match went, luckily it was fine. Towards the end, you could see I got a little bit emotional as well.

“Standing at the net, ‘Okay, don’t cry’. My eyes were wet, obviously.”

The new Rafa becomes the youngest man to win a Slam match for seven years.

Carlos Alcaraz, 17, beat world No.15 David Goffin last week and is making his Grand Slam debut in Melbourne. He has already earned comparisons with Nadal and trained with the French Open champion last week.

But after beating Dutchman Botic. Van de Zandschlup 6-1 6-4 6-4, the teenager said: “I try to be focus on me, not on the social media, to play my game, play in front of my team, to my team, to me, my family. I try to to be a part of the social media and don’t hear the comparison with Rafa.”





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