Former world number one Rafael Nadal equalled Stefan Edberg’s record for the fourth-most wins by a man at the Australian Open.
Nadal celebrated his 56th Australian Open victory by beating local wildcard James Duckworth in straight sets in Melbourne on Monday.
The 17-time grand slam champion impressed in his first appearance since the US Open, winning 6-4 6-3 7-5.
Spanish second seed Nadal is within striking distance of Jack Crawford (58) and six-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic (61) on the all-time list, while two-time reigning champion Roger Federer (94) holds the record.
With his victory today, @RafaelNadal ties Stefan Edberg at No. 4 on the all-time list for most match wins at the @AustralianOpen.#ATP pic.twitter.com/NyQf9cwA7N
— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) January 14, 2019
Nadal will face either Matthew Ebden or Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round at Melbourne Park.