Rafael Nadal enjoyed a winning start to 2017 with a victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.
The fifth seed eased past the fiery Ukranian 6-3, 6-3 in front of a record crowd of nearly 7000 on the hard courts of the Australian City.
However, it was Dolgopolov that had the brighter start, breaking the 14-time grand slam winner and consolidating to go 3-1 up in the opening set.
It was the only lead Dolgopolov would enjoy, as Nadal's consistency saw him break back twice to close out the set in 35 minutes.
Nadal would fend off two break points and earn two more breaks in the second set to wrap up the match. Winning the final game to love.
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The Spaniard moves on to face Mischa Zverev in the second round, who defeated Alex De Minaur 6-3, 6-3 earlier in the day.
In other results, sixth seed Lucas Pouille battled past Gilles Simon in an all-French affair, edging him 7-6(6), 7-6(5). Local hope Sam Groth beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 while Diego Schwartzman eased past American Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4.