After the opening game, Rafael Nadal discusses his physical condition.

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Rafael Nadal had no matches or form before he came in Melbourne. After Wimbledon the previous year, the Spaniard had only engaged in 11 matches before a challenging first-round match against the young Briton Jack Draper. Before claiming his first triumph of the year, Nadal had to battle against the young gun at Rod Laver Arena, defeating the Briton 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in three hours and 41 minutes.

While Draper was experiencing cramping, Nadal put forth a lot of effort in the first three sets against the other left-hander before falling behind. Rafa made 46 unforced errors and 41 wins while saving seven of eleven break attempts.

In 12 chances, the Spaniard defeated the British player six times in order to take the lead and earn a big victory. Draper had an advantage in rallies of four strokes or less, which enabled him to stay competitive in the first three sets.

In the longer rallies, Nadal took control to seal the victory and reserve a spot in round two. Despite experiencing cramping in sets three and four, Jack made his Australian Open debut and fought to the bitter end.

Nadal was happy with his physical condition after recovering in the third set after a lackluster second set. With a service winner at 3-4 in the first game, Jack thwarted a break attempt.

At Rod Laver Arena, Rafael Nadal defeated Jack Draper in four sets.

In the 12th game, Nadal continued to apply pressure to his opponent and made one final effort on the return.

In a difficult 54 minutes, Rafa exploited the opponent’s error to earn a set point and converted it with a forehand crosscourt winner to win 7-5. In the second set, Jack took the initiative, serving brilliantly and establishing a beat behind the return.

Jack’s volley winner in the first game broke Rafa, and the youngster held at love in the second game. Following a backhand down the line bullet that increased his lead to 2-0, Draper won another break. At 0-4, Nadal battled and encountered additional break points.

To avoid a bagel and establish some pattern, he saved them. In game eight, a left-handed British player held at 15 to finish off a strong set and tie the match. Following Draper’s double fault at 2-1 in the third set, Nadal regrouped and broke the youthful player.

Despite having physical difficulties, Jack managed to win game seven owing to Rafa’s errant forehand. At 5-4, the Spaniard secured a key break to win the set and take the decisive lead. At the beginning of the fourth set, they traded breaks, and from that point on, Nadal grabbed control.

He defeated the struggling foe three times in a row to establish a 5-1 advantage. In game seven, the Spaniard avoided break points and won by taking advantage of the opponent’s forehand mistake to earn his first victory of the year. “I’ve been in good physical shape.

I’ve lost a lot of weight since a few years ago. I’ve put a lot of effort into being physically in better shape and pursuing success. Today I had a breakthrough and won a crucial game. I’m pleased with my quickness; I put in a lot of effort, and the payoff is here.

Tennis makes it challenging to keep things distinct. When you strike confidently and without hesitation, you cover the court more effectively. Although my automatism is not at its best, it has improved. I’m training good, but I need to use that in competition, “said Rafael Nadal.