Tuesday,
twenty-one
January
2020

06:56

I won 6-2, 6-3 and 6-0 and play in the second round against Sousa or Delbonis. He did not need his best version to impose himself on the Bolivian, 73 of the world, to whom he gave his service twice

Nadal finishes the execution of a 'drive', before Dellien.

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It was more than 15 minutes of celebrity that corresponded to Hugo Dellien, going to the sentence of Andy Warhol. It is not anything to be measured with Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Australian Open, with millions of eyes pending the debut of one of the main candidates for the title and with the curiosity about how his adversary, a 26-year-old debutant, barely develops past resetable in his career. Invited to a party that was not his, the Bolivian came out with courage before the 2009 champion and four times finalist of the tournament to create, already at a disadvantage, two balls of break in the third game, based on aggressiveness over the drive No. 1 in the world, assuming the imperative risks demanded by the occasion. From minus to ms, Nadal won 6-2, 6-3 and 6-0, in two hours and two minutes, and measured in the second round with the winner of the match between Joao Sousa and Federico Delbonis.

Dellien is a tennis player accustomed to moving in the margins of the circuit, with two titles in tournaments challenger, in 2019, as the best cover letter. After filming in the new ATP Cup, four wins and trips against David Goffin and Novak Djokovic, Nadal faces in Melbourne the first opportunity to reach 20 titles of the Grand Slam of Roger Federer, who made his debut with a comfortable win against Steve Johnson Breg and breg Dellien, cheered on the Rod Laver Arena when he added his first two games before Nadal closed the first set to the rest, not without mediating 52 minutes of combat.

In progress

He stood tall, with a commendable attitude at all times, that of Trinidad dilated his presence on the court before a more contemporary opponent. He came back from a break that left him 4-2 down in the second set. They could be the difficulties of measuring themselves with an unknown player, the necessary process of adapting to the tournament or simply the certainty that the victory would be theirs except for the improbability of a catastrophe, but the truth is that Nadal did not show his best profile before the 73 of the ladder. It was in the third set where we could see him more convincing, until Dellien's enthusiasm declined, whose share of resistance found his ceiling.

The first three heads of series have overcome the debut without major setbacks. Djokovic also did it on Monday, leaving a set before Jan Lennard Struff, 37. The tournament has just begun and they know they must manage their energy and talent to acquire flight as required by the competition. “It is a positive start. He is a great fighter. In the first round, if you win in three sets better an. I finished late last season with the Davis Cup and I started it soon with the requirement of the ATP Cup,” said the winner at the foot of the track. “The best of 2019? The wedding. My wife is here!”, Commented to Jim Courier's microphone, before assessing his magnificent season.

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