Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Wimbledon: Nadal sails into 2nd round

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Kristopher Love | 09 July, 2018, 23:47

The 32-year-old initiated his campaign with a comfortable 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win against his Israeli opponent Dudi Sela in a one-sided opening round encounter. It's about what happened in Rio de Janeiro a couple of years ago.

"I would be extremely surprised if she goes far".

"I was slow enough to receive a time violation".

"I do my best to be quick".

The U.S. Open has made a decision to introduce a shot clock this year so that the 25 seconds allowed between points is strictly enforced and Wimbledon is likely to follow suit.

Through six games, this looked to be another early round struggle for the Spaniard, but he finished the first set in style.

With AP Photos.Three-time champion Novak Djokovic will be in slightly unfamiliar surroundings as he tries to reach the third round at Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, 2004 champion Maria Sharapova tumbled out in the opening round for the first time, beaten at her own game by fellow-Russian Vitalia Diatchenko 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-4.

Asked if he had any doubts about being fit for Wimbledon's third round, Queen's Club runner-up Djokovic said: "No". It affected my knee a little bit.

"When I was about to break the record, I thought, wow, I'm going to beat Federer at something!" joked the 70th-ranked Lopez who has lost all 13 matches he has played against Federer in his career. I've been doing check-ups now, it seems like nothing major.

"Hopefully it's nothing that will concern me, so to say, that I'll be able to perform".

Australian Nick Kyrgios fired 42 aces on his way to a 7-6 (3) 7-6 (4) 6-7 (5) 6-3 victory over Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.

World number one Rafael Nadal breezed into the Wimbledon second round Tuesday but fellow two-time champion and title favourite Petra Kvitova crashed out.

He showed some miraculous touches at the net, which isn't always the most lauded part of his game, and then broke for 3-1 to take control of the match.

Top seed Simona Halep of Romania fired 19 winners and converted four out of 10 break points to ease past Japan's Kurumi Nara 6-2 6-4.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev found himself in trouble and trailing by two sets to one against American Taylor Fritz when bad light stopped play.