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Rafael Nadal won his opening match at Wimbledon, despite the fact that it took him four sets to do so. On Centre Court, the second-seeded Nadal overcame Argentinean Francisco Cerundolo 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
To add to his men’s record 22 major championships, the Spaniard is seeking to win his third straight Grand Slam competition.
Since winning the French Open earlier this month, Rafael Nadal has not played. However, Nadal, who also won the Australian Open this year, occasionally exhibited the effects of the three weeks off as he registered 41 unforced mistakes in addition to his 23 victories.
The record-tying Wimbledon performance of Feliciano Lopez was cut short in the first round. Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands defeated the unseeded Spaniard 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. Roger Federer’s all-time record for the most Grand Slam men’s singles appearances was tied by Lopez, who was competing in his 81st Grand Slam event. He had participated in 79 consecutive matches as of the Australian Open this year, another record for men, but his streak was broken when he didn’t make the French Open.
Since Neale Fraser (41 years) in 1975, Lopez (40 years) was the oldest man to begin the main-draw singles at Wimbledon.
Paul Jubb, a British wild-card participant, was defeated by Nick Kyrgios in five sets to reach the second round. The 27-year-old Australian defeated his 219th-ranked for 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5.
Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon women’s winner, moved to the next round. The 25th-seeded Czech defeated Jasmine Paolini of Italy 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Paolini had won the grass-court tune-up match at Eastbourne before entering the competition. In 2011 and 2014, Vitova won the championship at the All England Club. She was then attacked at her house in 2016, and her playing left hand was cut. Later, she underwent surgery, and her recovery took longer than five months.
After falling behind a set, American adolescent Coco Gauff came back to defeat Elena-Gabriela Ruse 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the opening round. The 18-year-old Gauff finished second in the French Open but needed three sets to defeat the Romanian, who was ranked 54th, to win. Gauff, the 11th seed, broke the tie at 5-5 in the third set on her sixth break point of the match after Ruse double-failed.
The longest winning streak on the women’s circuit since 1997 was extended by top-ranked Iga Swiatek. Her current record now stands at 36 matches. Swiatek defeated Jana Fett, a Croatian qualifier, 6-0, 6-3 on Center Court.
The 2021 Wimbledon runner-up, Matteo Berrettini, has withdrawn from the grass-court Grand Slam competition after testing positive for COVID-19.
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