ATP Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal tops Kukushkin. Tsitsipas and de Minaur win

John McEnroe

John McEnroe

Nadal was given his second time warning of the match by umpire Carlos Bernardes when he took forever to get himself organized on his courtside chair for the start of the third set. "But is something that is not bothering me", the Spaniard said when asked for his opinion in his news conference after a 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over Sela which took less than two hours on Centre Court.

He will face Australian teenager Alex De Minaur in the next round.

The last time Djokovic had to venture on to an outside court at the All England Club was in 2009, when he played a fourth-round match against Dudi Sela on Court 3.

"This is gonna give me a lot of confidence for Wimbledon", Federer said. "Because I don't feel the matches that stay for the history of our sport went that quick".

"I understand the whole mechanics behind it, the motives, I would say".

Novak Djokovic breezed past Tennys Sandgren in straight sets in the first round at Wimbledon as he looks to rediscover form of old.

The Spaniard was the queen of Centre Court in 2017, beating Venus Williams in the final, and she enjoyed her return with a 6-2 7-5 success over the British number four.


Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova crashed out in the first round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career after a 6-7 (3) 7-6 (3) 6-4 loss to Russian compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko. Third seed Muguruza next faces Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck.

Zverev recorded his best Wimbledon performance a year ago by reaching the round of 16.

Eight seed Kvitova, who was the bookmakers' favourite to add the 2018 title to her 2011 and 2014 victories, was stunned 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 by unheralded Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, the world number 50.

Nick Kyrgios eased past Robin Haase 6-3 6-4 7-5, to book a third-round clash with Kei Nishikori, who accounted for Bernard Tomic 2-6 6-3 7-6 (9/7) 7-5.

Konta previous year became the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1978.

World number one Nadal is routinely warned for slow play between points.

Argentina's Pella prevailed 3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6 (7/3) 7-5 to reach the third round for the first time, in a match that swung entirely on its overnight rain delay.

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