Day four at the Australian Open

Nadal in full swing against Delbonis

Nadal in full swing against Delbonis

The 2009 champion cruised to a comfortable win in the second-round against Argentina's Federico Delbonis with the score of 6-3, 7-6 and 6-1 at the Australian Open 2020. "We try to adapt every day to the best of our ability because with this ball I can't harm the opponent", he warned.

The world number one was below his best, but was still good for Delbonis, who had won just 10 games in his previous three meetings with Nadal. But is not because of Delbonis.

"I need to play better". But that's just something that happened today.

That solitary break would be enough for Nadal to win the opening set, crushing a forehand victor to take it in 49 minutes.

But he found it tougher going in the second, which went with serve up to the tiebreaker.

Nadal, though, came through and Delbonis never recovered as the Spaniard asserted his authority to race home, but not before hitting a ballgirl on the head with a fearsome shot. Assured that she was unhurt, Nadal lifted the girl's hat, gave her a kiss on the cheek and patted her on the head, drawing cheers from the crowd.

Speaking about the incident at the post-match interview, Nadal said: "For her it was not a good moment, I was so scared for her, the ball was quick and straight on her". "The ball was quick and straight on her, so she's a super courageous girl".

The 33-year-old is attempting to win his 20th Grand Slam, and go level with Roger Federer in the all-time list of majors won in men's singles.

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