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Wimbledon 2018: Rafael Nadal saunters past Dudi Sela to reach second round

Nadal saunters past Sela to reach second round

03/07/2018 at 17:11Updated 03/07/2018 at 20:42

World number one Rafael Nadal had no problems sauntering past Dudi Sela with a 6-3 6-3 6-2 victory to reach the second round of Wimbledon.

The number two seed was never troubled in a match which he wrapped up inside two hours with consummate ease.

The Spaniard - and two-time champion at SW19 - dictated the play throughout from the back of the court with Sela unable to mount any kind of a resistance.

Nadal was particularly belligerent in the third set as he powered past his opponent with the loss of just two games.

In all, Sela could only muster eight games against the dominant Spaniard and never managed to match his intensity.

Nadal, fresh from his 11th title at Roland Garros, did not look at all weary as he transitioned to the grass without any apparent issues.

Remarkably, he had not played a match since making more history in Paris, but he did not look at all bad for the demanding schedule he has endured.

"Good start. Good result. Of course I did things very well, and other things that I have room to improve," he said.

"I played one bad game with my serve, first game of the third. But I am happy more or less with the forehand. I went to the net quite often. Of course I can improve on the return side.

"I think the return was the worst thing that I did this afternoon. That's it no? There are no more strokes to talk."

The 32-year-old will next take on either Canada's Vasek Pospisil or Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

Men's singles results

  • No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeats David Sela 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
  • No. 4 Alexander Zverev defeats James Duckworth 7-5, 6-2, 6-0
  • No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro defeats Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
  • Marcos Baghdatis defeats No. 7 Dominic Thiem 6-4, 7-5, 2-0 (Retired)
  • Matthew Ebden defeats No. 10 David Goffin 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
  • No. 12 Novak Djokovic defeats Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 6-1, 6-2
  • No. 14 Diego Schwartzman defeats Mirza Basic 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
  • No. 15 Nick Kyrgios defeats Denis Istomin 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
  • No. 19 Fabio Fognini defeats Taro Daniel 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
  • No. 21 Kyle Edmund defeats Alex Bolt 6-2, 6-3, 7-5
  • No. 24 Kei Nishikori defeats Christian Harrison 6-2, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2
  • No. 27 Damir Dzumhur defeats Maximilian Marterer 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
  • Alex de Minaur defeats No. 29 Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4
  • Frances Tiafoe defeats No. 30 Fernando Verdasco 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3
  • Bernard Tomic defeats Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2, 7-6
  • Feliciano Lopez defeats Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
  • Jiri Vesely defeats Florian Mayer 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
  • Ernests Gulbis defeats Jay Clarke 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4
  • Bradley Klahn defeats Yuichi Sugita 2-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-2
  • Robin Haase defeats Marius Copil 7-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6
  • Taylor Fritz defeats Lorenzo Sonego 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
  • Stephane Robert defeats Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6, 6-2, 6-1
  • Simone Bolelli defeats Pablo Cuevas 7-6, 7-6, 6-1
  • Gilles Simon defeats Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 7-6, 6-1
  • Pierre-Hughes Herbert defeats Mikhail Zverev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
  • Mikhail Kukushkin defeats Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • Karen Khachanov defeats David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6, 3-6, 5-7
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