Djokovic, Nadal advance at Wimbledon

Annette Crawford
July 8, 2018

He gifted Nadal the break in the first game of the second set when he hit a straightforward volley at the net and from then on seemed resigned to his fate against an energetic-looking opponent.

Rafael Nadal began his campaign for a first Wimbledon title since 2010 with a routine 6-3 6-3 6-2 victory over Dudi Sela on another sweltering day at the All England Club.

Djokovic was far too good for the 126-ranked Zeballos, taking just an hour and 31 minutes to win 6-1 6-2 6-3 on No.2 Court on Thursday.

Sela threatened to upset Nadal's progress, breaking in the opening game of the third but the two-time Wimbledon champion struck back immediately and reeled off the next three games, while saving a handful of break points from a freewheeling Sela, to move to the brink of the match. "Of course I did things very well, and other things that I have room to improve", he said.

"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.


Zverev, who made the last 16 in 2017, goes on to face Taylor Fritz of the United States. "You always want to start off well", Djokovic said.

Third seed Muguruza, 24, next faces Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck. The 23-year-old Edmund also enjoyed an easy afternoon beating Australian Alex Bolt 6-2, 6-3, 7-5.

Kyrgios, seeded 15, hammered down 42 aces and unleashed 78 winners.

Nadal had played no competitive grasscourt matches since bounding to a record-extending 11th French Open title last month but it mattered not as the 32-year-old made an impressive start to his quest for a third French Open/Wimbledon double.

Former champions Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic cruised in their Wimbledon openers on Tuesday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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