World number one Rafael Nadal blitzed past Hugo Dellien Tuesday to launch his campaign to equal Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles, dropping just five games in the one-sided annihilation.

The sparkling Spaniard was in imperious form to sweep past a Bolivian making his Australian Open debut 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 on Rod Laver Arena in barely two hours.

A flagging Dellien gave it his best shot but Nadal quickly raced 3-0 up in the third set as his physicality and power shone through and there was no way back.

“He (Dellien) has a tough first five games but he had chances to win games,” said Nadal, who lost in last year’s final to Novak Djokovic.

Nadal next plays either Argentine Federico Delbonis or Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

SOURCE – HINDUSTAN TIMES

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