Applied, focused, black-eyed and closed-faced, Rafael Nadal got what he had come for, a qualification for the third round of the Australian Open. No more no less. Facing Federico Delbonis, the Spaniard did the job. Necessarily solid, he left almost no hope for his opponent.
Even the second set, more disputed, will remain in the hand of the world n ° 1. And if the round went to the decisive game, it is only because Nadal failed to convert the nine break points in his favor. But once the advantage of two sets confirmed, Nadal proceeded.
He had to go and kiss a young collector hit by a ball to see the human appear behind the player. Suddenly relaxed, he even began to laugh at his faults, as behind this forehand dropped in full extension. Without forgetting to complete with authority this third set. In the next round, he will face his compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, winner of the German Peter Gojowczyk, from qualifications, in four sets (6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4).
Rafael Nadal gives some emotions to a ball collector. (P. Lahalle / Team)