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Australian Open 2019 Live Updates: Rafael Nadal vs Matthew Ebden - Match Highlights

Nadal def Ebden 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to enter R3
Updated: 16 January 2019 17:38 IST - Published: 15 January 2019 23:08 IST
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The serve and especially the forehand were absolutely on fire from Rafa today! If he can continue that, he will become an even bigger danger for his opponents in the coming rounds!!!!
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Even if Rafa faced some slight trouble in the first set, he was just untouchable in the second and third sets!!!!
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Nadal def Ebden 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to enter R3
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And Nadal wins!!!!!
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Second match point for Nadal!
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Rafa sends a crosscourt forehand long on match point!

Deuce!
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Rafa will now serve for the match!
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All of Ebden's efforts were foiled by a brilliant, brilliant Rafa!

He breaks and goes up to 5-2
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Ebden had a game point but Rafa's angle on the forehand just dashed all his hopes.

Deuce!
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Rafa holds his serve in a flash!


He is up 4-2
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And Ebden holds!!!!!

The crowd's joy knows no bounds!!!!

Ebden trails 2-3
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Ebden saves a break point after Rafa dumps an overhead into the net.

The crowd can't stop cheering!
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Rafa passes the test with flying colours!

Ace on the T and it is game to Rafa!

He is up 3-1
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A revitalized Ebden going for beautiful volleys!


Saves a game point

Deuce!
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Some squeals from the crowd after the local hope shows some fabulous returns to force a deuce on the Rafa serve!
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Rafa BREAKS to 15

Brutal, accurate....he is doing no wrong at the moment!

Up 2-1
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Three break points for Rafa!

What movement and what a backhand down-the-line winner!
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Ferocious forehands from Rafa, giving glimpses of Rafa of yore.

Clean service game from Nadal and it's 1-1
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Massive hold for Ebden after being forced to deuce.

1-0
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Except for a double fault, it was pretty much smooth sailing on the serve for Rafa.

Rafa takes the second set 6-2.
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A rampaging Rafa forces Ebden into a slew of forehand as well as backhand errors.

It's a double break for the 2009 champion!

Rafa up 5-2
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No stutter, no stumble from Rafa.

He holds yet another service game smoothly to go up to 4-2
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With a beautiful disguise dropshot, Ebden gets the hold.

He trails 2-3
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Rafa consolidated the break with a smooth serve.

He is up 3-1
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BREAK!


Oozing brilliance and confidence, Rafa gets the early break!


Up 2-1
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Rafa is relentlessly moving Ebden from side to side with a lot of firepower.

That effort earns Rafa a break point.
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Rafa held his serve breezily, to love.

It's 1-1
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Ebden was in a bit of trouble on his serve and lost a couple of points.

But he still managed to hold, anyway.

He is 1-0 in Set 2
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It's 6-3 for Rafa
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Rafa serves out the set to 15.

Pretty smooth sailing for the former champion despite some good returns from the Australian.
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Ebden's resistance broke down finally!

A double fault did the damage!

Nadal breaks and goes up to 5-3
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Ebden couldn't manage the breakthrough as Nadal's defence did the talking.

Nadal up 4-3
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The Nadal serve is under a bit of pressure at 3-3.

Some brilliant returns from Ebden made it deuce
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No breaks on serve so far.

Nadal up to 3-2
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Rafa held to 15 despite some aggressive returns from Ebden.

Up 2-1
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What brilliant serves by Ebden!

He holds to love!

It's 1-1
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Rafa had a double fault but made up for it with a brutal inside-out forehand winner and held his serve.

1-0
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Good afternoon!

The warmup has finished and Rafa is about to start the proceedings.