Rafael Nadal dispatched Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets on Thursday night to set up a tantalising third-round clash against German teen sensation Alexander Zverev.
The 14-time grand slam champion muscled his way past Baghdatis, a beaten finalist at Melbourne Park in 2006, in an impressive 6-3-6-1 6-3 win on Rod Laver Arena.
“I won in straight sets against a difficult opponent, so very happy for the victory,” Nadal said.
“I think I can do things better, is true. I need to have some less mistakes. But in general, I have been playing well. I played solid with my serve.
“Then I created lot of chances on the return against a player that serves, well, no? So that’s good news.”
A jubilant Nadal punched the air in delight after he closed out the match.