Rafael Nadal walks to the second round of the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal enters the second round of the Australian Open with straight sets wins from James Duckworth

  • Rafael Nadal was able to take away any fear of injury

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Rafael Nadal showed that there was enough life left in the 17-time Major champion with an impressive straight sets victory over James Duckworth.

The Spaniard was on his sparkling best to silence a partial home crowd and defeat the home favorite 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.

The 31-year-old had to withdraw from the Brisbane International earlier this month with a thigh problem, but lost the fear of an injury.

It was an encouraging start to 2019 for Nadal after being limited to only nine tournaments last year due to a series of injuries including ankle operation in November.

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Rafael Nadal leaves from a roar on his way to a straight sets victory over James Duckworth

Rafael Nadal leaves from a roar on his way to a straight sets victory over James Duckworth

Rafael Nadal plays a backhand shot during his first meeting with James Duckworth

Rafael Nadal plays a backhand shot during his first meeting with James Duckworth

Rafael Nadal plays a backhand shot during his first meeting with James Duckworth

Nadal was back at his best in the Rod Laver Arena and he recorded a straight sets victory

Nadal was back at his best in the Rod Laver Arena and he recorded a straight sets victory

Nadal was back at his best in the Rod Laver Arena and he recorded a straight sets victory

The Spaniard takes a breather and cools off on a blistering sunny day in Melbourne

The Spaniard takes a breather and cools off on a blistering sunny day in Melbourne

The Spaniard takes a breather and cools off on a blistering sunny day in Melbourne

The Australian outsider was applauded by the partisans' home crowd at Rod Laver Arena

The Australian outsider was applauded by the partisans' home crowd at Rod Laver Arena

The Australian outsider was applauded by the partisans' home crowd at Rod Laver Arena

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