Rafael Nadal said it was important to win in straight sets after he overcame Michael Mmoh – and an unruly fan – to progress at the Australian Open.
Nadal looked to have clicked up a gear from the first round, and he had far too much for Mmoh throughout, eventually cruising to a 6-1 6-4 6-2 win.
The match had to be interrupted during the second set when a fan started to goad – and eventually flip a finger – at Nadal, although he coolly laughed it off.
“I always try to be better – sometimes it happens and sometimes not. It’s a positive feeling winning in straight sets,” Nadal said afterwards.
“I wish Michael all the very best for the rest of the season. I’ll focus on what’s coming.
“I had heard about Michael. Yesterday I watched some videos of him to learn a little more about him.”
A fan has been BOOTED from the match for unsavoury language and flipping the bird to Rafael Nadal! 💥😂
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) February 11, 2021
Next up for Nadal will be British number two Cameron Norrie, who came through against Roman Safiullin in four sets.
“I was really happy to get through that and I play Rafa next,” Norrie said.
“That’ll be on a big court, so nice to get used to the indoor courts.
“I had a tough first round, then I looked and saw [Nadal] next to me, I have never played him before and it will be a great experience for me.
“I can’t wait to get out there and show him what I’ve got.”
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