Wimbledon: World No. 1 Rafael Nadal starts off in style

Jul 04, 2018, 09:56 IST | Agencies

Rafael Nadal had fallen to a player ranked outside the top 100 in four of his last five visits here. Yesterday, however, he, had few difficulties

Wimbledon: World No. 1 Rafael Nadal starts off in style
Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Israel's Dudi Sela in London yesterday. Pic/AFP

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal breezed into the Wimbledon second round yesterday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Israel's Dudi Sela, the World No. 127. Nadal had fallen to a player ranked outside the top 100 in four of his last five visits here. Yesterday, however, he, had few difficulties.

Injured Thiem quits
French Open runner-up and seventh seed Dominic Thiem retired with an injury from his Wimbledon first round match against Cypriot veteran Marcos Baghdatis. Thiem, beaten by Rafael Nadal in Paris last month, was 4-6, 5-7, 0-2 down when he quit.

Record Slams for Lopez
Feliciano Lopez set a new record for consecutive Grand Slam appearances when he started his 66th major in a row at Wimbledon, attributing the landmark to playing in an era of "monsters and animals". The left-handed Spaniard had equalled Roger Federer's mark at Roland Garros this year. Yesterday, he grabbed the record outright when he faced Federico Delbonis of Argentina before completing a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win. Lopez has not missed a Slam since making his debut at the 2001 French Open.

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