It was a tough task but Rafael Nadal savoured the opportunity to win his first match of 2019 at the Australian Open. Nadal, who suffered injuries last year, had to pull himself off the Australian and US Open last year. Nadal pulled out of his Brisbane warm-up event two weeks ago with a thigh strain. Nadal returned to the court with the same device setting self and demolished his opponent James Duckworth 6-4,6-3,7-5. He raised through the match emerged victorious only in 2 hours and 15 minutes. After the match at conference he said "so that's an important victory because it is the first victory since a while, and at the same time, because that gives me the chance to be at court again, and that's what I need today".Nadal has an improved serve but the world number 238 held on 5-5. James really played aggressively. Nadal also saying that he was happy with his new serve. Nadal dished up only one double fault in the match.