PHOTOS/VIDEO: 2020 Australian Open R1 Rafael Nadal vs. Hugo Dellien

 

2020 Australian Open R1 Rafael Nadal bt. Hugo Dellien  6-2 6-3 6-0

Next: F. Delbonis

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Rafael Nadal, with 19 major titles, opened his campaign at Melbourne Park in style on Tuesday, hammering unseeded Bolivian Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-3 6-0 at a sunbathed Rod Laver Arena. 

At 33, the reigning French and U.S. Open champion remains at the top of his game and even if he fails to win a 20th Grand Slam in Melbourne he will be heavily backed to do it at Roland Garros, where he has triumphed 12 times in the last 15 editions.

Nadal, however, said he was only focused on Wednesday’s practice before his next match.

“If I am able to reach my highest level, that’s the thing that I have to worry about,” Nadal told reporters after setting up a clash with either Federico Delbonis or Joao Sousa.

“If I am able to play at my highest level, normally I am able to produce some good chances. If not, impossible.

“So, I don’t care about 20 or 15 or 16 (Grand Slam titles). I just care about trying to keep going, keep enjoying my tennis career.

“It’s not like 20 is the number that I need to reach. If I reach 20, fantastic. If I reach 21, better. If I reach 19, super happy about all the things that I did in my tennis career, no?

“I don’t think in the future .... achieving 21 Grand Slams, for example, I’m going to be happier than if I (have) 19 in 10 years.”

Nadal claimed his only Australian Open title in 2009, when he beat Federer in the final and left the Swiss in tears.

“I went through a couple of things, more than in New York honestly,” Nadal, a four-times U.S. Open champion, said when asked about his relatively lean Australian Open record.

“But I don’t know. Maybe the conditions are better for me in New York than here. That’s the only reason that I can find.”

 

Photos: Getty Images; AFP; AAP; Uk Sports Pics Ltd; Roland Garros; Australian Open; BPI

 

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