Rafael Nadal win good preparation for potential Novak Djokovic clash, says Mats Wilander

Rafael Nadal put in a ‘good showing’ as he opened his Australian Open campaign with a routine win, says Mats Wilander.

There were question marks over Nadal’s fitness coming into the tournament, as he missed the whole of the ATP Cup with a back injury.

That meant the 20-time Grand Slam winner had not played a competitive match since the ATP Finals in November.

However, there was little signs of any fitness concerns as he steamrollered Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-4, 6-1, and Wilander was happy with what he saw, and he thinks it was good preparation for a potential Novak Djokovic meeting in the final.

“It was a tough match,” Wilander explained in the Eurosport cube. “Laszlo Djere is a very solid player and plays with a very similar style to Novak Djokovic so a great first round match for Rafa Nadal to get.

“Rafa was playing extremely aggressive. He was playing very quick during the point, between the points, we know this is something he has been trying to do lately in his career to try and shorten the points as much as possible.

“The surface makes him play a little closer to the baseline, especially on the return games. It was a good showing.

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