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Nadal survives first Wimbledon test with Tsonga scalp

Nadal survives first Wimbledon test with Tsonga scalp
By Eurosport

06/07/2019 at 13:38Updated 06/07/2019 at 17:22

Rafael Nadal came through his first major test at Wimbledon 2019 with a comprehensive win over two-time former semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Nadal is through to the second week for a second straight year after defeating the Frenchman 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in just under two hours.

The two-time former champion will place Joao Sousa or Dan Evans in the fourth round.

"I was very happy. I played a great match from the beginning to the end. I was aggressive with the forehand and backhand. Jo is one of those players you don't want to face early but today was my day," Nadal told the BBC after the match.

"Every single day is a battle here. I'm happy with the way that I played in the first week. It's day by day now. I'll try to have a good practice session.

"I have been in the second week of Wimbledon nine times but in Grand Slams it's a lot more. It's something that is important and gives me a positive feeling. Tomorrow I start the work again."