Nadal sends out warning at Australian Open

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Top ranked Rafael Nadal sent out an early warning to his opponents at the Australian Open with an awesome performance to beat Belgium’s Christophe Rochus 6-0 6-2 6-2 in the first round of the tournament.

Nadal took only 19 minutes to win the opening set and it was another 15 minutes before Rochus got on the scoreboard with the Spaniard turning the screws again to win in just 77 minutes.

Nadal told The Herald Sun he felt no different coming to Melbourne as the No. 1 seed this year.

“For me I feel the same,” Nadal said. “I try to play my best and it is just a change of number (from No. 2 to No. 1) and it not mean much to me.

“It doesn’t change anything. I was very happy with being No. 2 for the last few years but No. 1 was a goal and I am very happy with it.”

The world number one is seeking his sixth Grand Slam title. He will next face Roko Karanusic of Croatia in the second round.