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Rafa laps up his Brisbane tennis debut

AAP logoAAP 3/01/2017

Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his match against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine on day three of the 2017 Brisbane International © Chris Hyde/Getty Images Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his match against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine on day three of the 2017 Brisbane International Rafael Nadal has started his preparations for the Australian Open in impressive fashion with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov at the Brisbane International.

Former world No.1 Nadal, the fifth seed in his Brisbane debut, took just 74 minutes to cruise into the second round where he will meet German stalwart Mischa Zverev.

Dolgopolov played with aggression but the Spaniard, who is working his way back from a wrist injury, fed off his power and proved too classy and consistent at a sold-out Pat Rafter Arena.

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