Australian Open: Nadal proves too strong for Dzumhur

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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal ended Bosnian tennis player Damir Dzumhur’s Australian Open campaign in the round of 32. 

The 2009 Australian Open champion won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 in one hour and 51 minutes.

Nadal dominated the match from the very beginning, as Dzumhur struggled to find his rhythm against the Spaniard.

In fact, last year’s Australian Open finalist won 20 out of the first 24 points and closed the first set with a forehand winner after just 22 minutes on the court.

Dzumhur improved his game in the second set, but all he managed to do was to break Nadal’s serve and tie the set at two games apiece.  

The world No. 1, however, responded with another break of Dzumhur’s serve in the very next game, and then broke 25-year-old Bosnian once again in the ninth game to win the set 6-3.

Third set began with a 13-minute long game during which Nadal saved a break point and battled through a fifth deuce to finally make it count.

But that was all from Dzumhur, who won just one more game and managed to save two match points before eventually losing the set 6-1.

Nadal will play against 24th seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the round of 16.