Dominant Nadal – AO 18

If any of Nadal’s fans were worried about his fitness, they have to stop now. He is moving inhumanly!

Rafa Nadal had a better challenge in the 2nd round, in the name of Argentinian Leonardo Mayer. A more powerful, fast and versatile player than Estrella Burgos.

The 30 years old Argentinian was a good test for the World number 1, as he proved that he can stay in rallies with the Spaniard.

The King of clay dominated the exchanges from the baseline and was returning everything, like a wall. It has been some years since I saw Rafa moving so fast.

Mayer played good, but was overpowered by the Spaniard, as Nadal showcased his far superior speed and power. The versatility of Nadal proved to be too much for the uni-dimensional game of Leonardo.

Rafa was able to adapt through out the match and keep himself on top, even in the 3rd set. Nadal managed to break Mayer at 4-4, but was broken back right away. A surprise, as the 16 time Grand Slam champion was untouchable on serve during the first 2 sets.

But in the tie-break, Nadal proved again his great mental power and closed the match, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4), to stop a late resurgence of Mayer.

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