Rafael Nadal goes into the second round on the back of an impressive straight sets performance over Russian journeyman Mikhail Youzhny, defeating the former world number eight 6-3, 6-3, 6-2, winning 89 per cent of his first serves whilst hitting an impressive 37 winners.
The Spanish world number three, who missed much of the second half of 2014 to injury, faces the American qualifier Tim Smyczek, who beat Luke Saville 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, 6-4.
Smyczek, who is ranked 112 in the world, has never played the 2009 champion at any level. When the fourteen time slam winner was asked about his opponent he said "I don't know him very well”.
The match appears to be rudimental for Nadal, who will be aiming to win his second title in Melbourne after succumbing to Stanislas Wawrinka in last year’s final.
As for Smyczek, the Wisconsin native has never gone beyond the third round of a grand slam.
START: Rod Laver Arena, not before 7pm (8am GMT)
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Rafael Nadal ‘s defeat to Novak Djokovic at 2012’s Australian Open was the longest final in grand slam history, lasting 5 hours and 53 minutes.
The Spaniard has never lost in the second round of the Australian Open
Smyczek’s best performance at a grand slam came in 2013’s US Open, when he advanced to the third round for the first and so far only time in his career.
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