World number 1, Rafa Nadal, started his 2018 Australian Open’s campaign. And he took it by storm.
If his fitness was in doubt, as he withdrew from Abu Dhabi and Brisbane, I believe those worries are far away.
The Spaniard admitted of having a long tour last year and he just needed a well deserved rest. He just played a few exhibition matches before the first Grand Slam of the year.
The King of Clay met Victor Estrella Burgos in the first round. The Dominican was no match for the ATP leader.
The 37 years old struggled all through out the match to keep up with Rafa, but the 31 years old was imperial and dominated on all aspects. He served big, accelerated great, attacked without mercy and defended amazingly, returning everything, like a wall.
Rafa’s game was outstanding: movement, volleys, everything. It just looked like a huge gap in between players’ talent and abilities. Estrella Burgos put a lot of heart and gave his all, but was too slow to react to the plethora of Nadal’s weapons. The Dominican was overwhelmed.
El Toro was on fire, claiming the match with great authority, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.
This match serves as a good sample of where Nadal’s game is at. But also we have to keep in mind that Estrella Burgos is a slow and a short player, so Rafa wasn’t tested too much. This match looked more like an exhibition one and the diminutive Dominican just a sparring partner.