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Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev all reach Australian Open second round

George BellshawNadal cruises into round two as Zverev and Raonic rack up Australian Open wins
Nadal was in good form (Picture: AFP/Getty)
Rafael Nadal cruised into the second round of the Australian Open after beating Florian Mayer in straight sets.
The Spaniard came through what was on paper a relatively tricky tie, with the German a former world No. 18.
But the 30-year-old was in good form and wrapped up a 6-3 6-4 6-4 win over a man now ranked at 49 in the world.
It was a good start for Nadal who broke early in the first set and looked very comfortable in a 6-3 win.
Nadal cruises into round two as Zverev and Raonic rack up Australian Open wins
Mayer couldn’t get through Nadal’s serve Getty Images)
Mayer kept plugging away but a late break in the second for the Spaniard ensured he had a two-set lead and broke in similar fashion in the third.
Elsewhere in the men’s draw on Day 2, 24th seed Alexander Zverev was involved in a lengthy battle with experienced Dutchman Robin Haase but came through in five sets to win 6-2 3-6 5-7 6-3 6-2.
The 19-year-old German will now face Frances Tiafoe in round two, with the winner likely to take on Nadal in the third round.
World No. 3 Milos Raonic is also through to the second round after beating Dustin Brown 6-3 6-4 6-2.

David Goffin had a much tougher time against Reilly Opelka, with the 19-year-old forcing the 11th seed to five sets before the Belgian won 6-4 4-6 6-2 4-6 6-4.
Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev all reach Australian Open second round Reviewed by Chidinma C Amadi on 10:10 PM Rating: 5

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