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Australian Open 2018, Round 1: Rafael Nadal vs Victor Estrella Burgos, Live Match Updates

Nadal 6-1 6-1 6-1 Estrella
Updated: 15 January 2018 15:25 IST - Published: 15 January 2018 12:48 IST
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That's it for this encounter between Rafael Nadal and Victor Estrella Burgos! 

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for more updates on the 2018 Australian Open! This is Prasen Moudgal, signing off! Ciao!
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While Nadal undoubtedly powered through the contest, Estrella never gave up and should be lauded for his gritty performance!

Nevertheless, the Spaniard has announced his arrival at the Australian Open in style with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 win!
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The customary handshakes are done and now Nadal appreciates the crowd, which has egged him on right through the contest!
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Nadal wins the match 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 and qualifies for Round 2!

Four back to back points and the Spaniard has utterly dominated veteran Victor Estrella Burgos!
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And now, just the one point away. 
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Unforced error from Estrella! Nadal two points away. 
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Picks up the first point of the game. Three points away now. 
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Nadal now serving for the match. 
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Sensational from Estrella! Runs to the net and just turns the quick forehand from Nadal into a soft touch to win the game. 
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Nadal strikes back with a strong forehand! The lead is now reduced to 40-30.
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Net! Estrella finds the net, much to his dismay. Leads 40-15
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Three points now for Estrella. One point away from the game. 
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Now power from Estrella! The ball lobs up from the net and comes at a perfect height for Estrella who sends a pacy deliver into Nadal. 
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Whoops! For the third time, Nadal sends it out. Estrella with the 15-0 lead. 
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Estrella to serve. 

Nadal one game away from moving into Round 2. Can he finish it with this game?

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There it is! Nadal claims a 5-0 lead and is now just one game away from clinching the match. 
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Nadal now just a point away from a 5-0 lead. 
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30-15 to Nadal! Pacy serve from the Spaniard!
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That is absolutely inhuman! Nadal runs in from the right corner all the way to the net and just deposits the ball into Estrella's court who could do nothing to send it back in time. 
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Nadal shakes his head after sending the ball out of bounds. Estrella in with an early 15-0 in the fifth game. 
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Oh no! A double error from Estrella, the Spaniard wins another game. 

Nadal leads 4-0. 
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Absolute skill from Nadal! Yet another perfect running forehand, Nadal has the advantage!
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DEUCE!
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It's not done yet! Nadal sends in a seething forehand just at the corner to pick a point. 
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Estrella now only a point away from winning the game!
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And another! Nadal swings big and gifts away a point to his opponent. 
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Unforced error from Nadal to start off with. Estrella with a 15-0 lead in the fourth game. 
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Brute power to finish it off! Nadal sends in a fiery crosscourt backhand to win the third game. 

Lead is now 3-0 in favour of Nadal. 
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Estrella sends it out of bounds! Nadal one point away from clinching the third game. 
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Two consecutive points for the World No.1. 
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He claims it in the end, breaks Estrella's serve to take two games in a row. 

Nadal leads 2-0 in the third set. 
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Now one point away from breaking Estrella's serve. 
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A frustrated cry from Estrella. Nadal picks two points in a row. 
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Well, the story continues. Nadal picks a hat-trick of points to claim the first game. 

Nadal leads 1-0. 
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Estrella picks the first point of the set. 
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Back live now. 

Nadal serving for the set. 
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A small break is in place to give the players a breather. A much-needed one at that, especially for Estrella. 


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Nadal now has two sets to his name. Leads 2 sets -0

Estrella's great show can only hold him as much as one game, the World No.1 is one set away from a spot in Round 2. 
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Back to back points for Nadal and is now just one point away from winning the set.  
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Estrella's doing very well to induce errors from Nadal. He enjoys a 30-15 lead currently. 
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Nadal pulls one back. Scores at 15-15. 
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Estrella picks up a point, leads 15-0 now. 
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Nadal still leads 5-1 in the set. 
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YES, HE CAN!! What a terrific display of tennis. 

The whole crowd is up on its feet as he sends the ball to the left of Nadal, who just watches it zoom by!
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Advantage Estrella! He's being rewarded for his grit. Can he pull off a win?
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No!! It's a DEUCE again!
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Error from Nadal! He can't keep his touch within bounds. Advantage Estrella! 
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Oh man! Nadal's double fault means one thing - SIXTH DEUCE!
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Yet again, advantage Nadal!
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Well, get yourselves some popcorn and settle down. 

Fifth deuce! 
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