Rafael Nadal smashes Marcos Baghdatis

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.

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