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Nadal adapts to conditions to progress

23rd January 2020, 13:18 by Jack Ogalbe

Rafael Nadal admitted he had to change his approach due to the conditions as he cruised past Federico Delbonis at the Australian Open.

The Spaniard beat Bolivia's Hugo Dellien in straight sets to open his quest for a 20th Grand Slam but faced Delbonis later in the day and the cool weather meant he had to adapt to the slower court.

While Delbonis put up a fight on Rod Laver Arena, often trying to overpower Nadal, the top seed succeeded 6-3 7-6(4) 6-1 over two hours and 30 minutes.

He will next play compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta and admitted afterwards he was pleased with how he changed things up to suit the evening conditions in Melbourne.

"It was the first time playing during the evening here, and the conditions were cooler and slow," said Nadal, during an on-court interview.

"It was a tough match, I lost an awful lot of opportunities on the break points, but I found a way to win. I think in the third set, I was more relaxed and play aggressively."

Elsewhere in the men's draw at the Australian Open on Thursday, Nick Kyrgios kept his hopes alive with a typically tumultuous four-set win over Gilles Simon, while 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka outlasted Andreas Seppi in five-sets.

Fifth seed Dominic Thiem also came through five sets to defeat wildcard Alex Bolt but it was easier for Alex Zverev who will face Fernando Verdasco after breezing past Egor Gerasimov.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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