Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in the men's round one at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 3, 2017. AFP / SAEED KHAN
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Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal enjoyed an ideal start to his first Brisbane International Tuesday, storming into the second round with a straight sets win over Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. Nadal took only 74 minutes to see off Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-3 and book a second-round clash with Germany's Mischa Zverev, who earlier outclassed 17-year-old Australian qualifier Alex De Minaur 6-3, 6-3 .Nadal broke straight back then broke again to take the first set in 39 minutes.Earlier, fifth seed Lucas Pouille recovered from 0-5 in the first set to see off fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) and set up a second-round clash against Britain's Kyle Edmund.
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