Rafael Nadal Crushes Mikhail Youzhny In Melbourne

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Rafa Nadal enjoyed a welcome dose of confidence in dismantling Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the second round of the Australian Open.

Undercooked and on the comeback trail after a long lay-off from injury and illness, the third-seeded Spaniard needed only a handful of games at Rod Laver Arena before clicking into grand slam gear against the 32-year-old former top 10 player.

Dashing around the court and slashing winners to all corners, Nadal sealed the match in less than two hours with a cross-court volley, gritting his teeth and pumping his fists in celebration.

Nadal, beaten finalist against Stan Wawrinka last year, will next play either Australian Luke Saville or American Tim Smyczek.

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