Wimbledon

Nadal books Rosol rematch

2014-06-24 20:02
Rafael Nadal (AFP)

London - World number one Rafael Nadal has buried the first round misery of his 2013 Wimbledon on Tuesday to set up a rematch with Lukas Rosol, the Czech who condemned him to a humiliating second round exit in 2012.

Second seed Nadal, fresh from his ninth French Open triumph and bidding for a 15th Grand Slam title, became only the 11th man to record 700 tour wins when he came back from a set down to beat Slovakia's world number 51 Martin Klizan, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

The Spaniard, champion in 2008 and 2010, was knocked out in the first round at Wimbledon last year by Steve Darcis, a Belgian journeyman who hasn't won a match since.

Twelve months earlier, Rosol had stunned him in five sets, a shattering defeat which forced Nadal out of the sport for seven months to rest his battered knees.

"Rosol is a very dangerous player, very strong, very powerful shots from the baseline and I know I have to play very well if I want to have chances to win," said Nadal.

"The important thing is to fight, play with the right tactic and wait for the luck."

Roger Federer began his campaign for an eighth Wimbledon title with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Paolo Lorenzi, the hapless Italian who has now lost all of his 13 Grand Slam matches.

Fourth-seeded Federer, the 17-time major winner, had lost to Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovksy in the second round 12 months ago for his earliest defeat at the tournament since 2002.

But there was never a hint of a repeat of that disaster on Tuesday as the 32-year-old Swiss took victory on a sixth match point having fired nine aces and 36 winners.

"It's always good to win the first round because the court can be slippery sometimes," said Federer, who goes on to face either Luxembourg qualifier Gilles Muller or Julien Benneteau of France for a place in the last 32.

Defeat for Lorenzi meant the 32-year-old has still to win a match at a Grand Slam in 11 years.

But his run of 13 defeats in 13 matches at the majors is not a record -- that statistic of shame belongs to Costa Rica's Juan Antonio Marin who lost all of his 17 matches at the majors.

Federer's compatriot, Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka also reached the second round with a first win at the tournament since 2011.

Wawrinka, the world number three but seeded five at the All England Club in a reflection of his grasscourt struggles, fired 18 aces and 39 winners in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa.

Wawrinka, who has never got beyond the fourth round and was without a win in the tournament since 2011, tackles Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun for a place in the last 32.

- Sharapova untroubled -

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, and like Federer playing his 61st major, beat Michal Przysiezny of Poland, 6-2, 6-7 (14/16), 6-1, 6-4.

French Open champion and fifth seed Maria Sharapova, who won her first major at Wimbledon as a 17-year-old in 2004, raced to a 6-1, 6-0 rout of British wild card Samantha Murray, the world number 247.

Sharapova, who was knocked out in the second round last year, next faces Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky.

"There's always a bit more tension coming into the first round of a Grand Slam. It was such a quick turnaround. Just a couple weeks ago you're on the clay, coming onto the grass, with the new grass and new surface, it's a different feeling," said the Russian.

"But overall I am happy with how I progressed through the match, which was the important key."

Retired women's champion Marion Bartoli returned to Centre Court only to hear herself introduced as 'Maria' by a blundering announcer.

The Frenchwoman performed the coin toss ahead of the first round match between Sabine Lisicki, the German she defeated in the final last year, and Israel's Julia Glushko.

Lisicki, yet to get beyond the third round of any event in 2014, was untroubled against Glushko, the world number 79, winning 6-2, 6-1 in just 57 minutes.

Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2012 runner-up, beat Romania's Andreea Mitu 6-2, 6-1.

Top seed and five-time champion Serena Williams starts her campaign against Anna Tatishvili, the former Georgian player who has switched allegiance to the United States.

Michelle Larcher de Brito, who shocked Sharapova last year, defeated two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, the Russian 28th seed, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 while Italian 14th seed Sara Errani lost to France's Caroline Garcia 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5.

Wimbledon results on Tuesday, the second day of the 2014 championships at the All England Club (x denotes seeded player):

Men

First round
Sam Querrey (USA) bt Bradley Klahn (USA) 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-1, 7-5
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x14) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Stan Wawrinka (SUI x5) bt Joo Sousa (POR) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
Julian Reister (GER) bt Michael Russell (USA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 4-6, 7-5
Denis Istomin (UZB) bt Dmitry Tursunov (RUS x32) 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Feliciano Lopez (ESP x19) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (9/7)
Ante Pavic (CRO) bt Alejandro Falla (COL) 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) bt Federico Del Bonis (ARG) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5
John Isner (USA x9) bt Daniel Smethurst (GBR) 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz (POL x15) bt Somdev Devvarman (IND) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) bt Michal Przysiezny (POL) 6-2, 6-7 (14/16), 6-1, 6-4
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) bt Pere Riba (ESP) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
Tommy Robredo (ESP x23) bt Luks Lacko (SVK) 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
Marcel Granollers (ESP x30) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (7/9), 6-4
Santiago Giraldo (COL) bt Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 6-1, 7-5, 6-0
Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5)
Roger Federer (SUI x4) bt Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
Milos Raonic (CAN x8) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
Jack Sock (USA) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Lukasz Kubot (POL) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-4
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) bt Guillermo Garca-Lpez (ESP x28) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x22) bt Igor Sijsling (NED) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
Simone Bolelli (ITA) bt Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5)
Denis Kudla (USA) bt Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Kei Nishikori (JPN x10) bt Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5
Richard Gasquet (FRA x13) bt James Duckworth (AUS) 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Stphane Robert (FRA) 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (6/8), 6-2
Jiri Vesely (CZE) bt Vctor Estrella (DOM) 5-1 - retired
Gael Monfils (FRA x24) bt Malek Jaziri (TUN) 7-6 (7/5), 7-5, 6-4
Frank Dancevic (CAN) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO x29) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Dudi Sela (ISR) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Luks Rosol (CZE) bt Benot Paire (FRA) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Martin Klizan (SVK) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Women

First round
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Anna Tatishvili (USA) 6-1, 6-2
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-3, 6-3
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) bt Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Alize Cornet (FRA x25) bt Anna Karolna Schmiedlov (SVK) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Andrea Petkovic (GER x20) bt Katarzyna Piter (POL) 6-1, 6-4
Irina Begu (ROM) bt Virginie Razzano (FRA) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) bt Olga Govortsova (BLR) 6-2, 6-3
Eugnie Bouchard (CAN x13) bt Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 7-5, 7-5
Angelique Kerber (GER x9) bt Urszula Radwanska (POL) 6-2, 6-4
Heather Watson (GBR) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 6-3, 6-2
Lourdes Domnguez (ESP) bt Petra Martic (CRO) 6-0, 6-1
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL x24) bt Tamira Paszek (AUT) 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2
Alison Riske (USA) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x26) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Alexandra Cadantu (ROM) 6-1, 7-6 (7/5)
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) bt Sharon Fichman (CAN) 6-1, 6-3
Maria Sharapova (RUS x5) bt Samantha Murray (GBR) 6-1, 6-0
Simona Halep (ROM x3) bt Teliana Pereira (BRA) 6-2, 6-2
Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) bt Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER) 6-3, 6-0
Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA x21) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Belinda Bencic (SUI) bt Magdalna Rybrikov (SVK) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Victoria Duval (USA) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROM x29) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Karolna Plskov (CZE) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 10-8
Carla Surez Navarro (ESP x15) bt Zhang Shuai (CHN) 6-1, 6-2
Ana Ivanovic (SRB x11) bt Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4
Zheng Jie (CHN) bt Annika Beck (GER) 6-1, 6-3
Karolna Plskov (CZE) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 10-8
Sabine Lisicki (GER x19) bt Julia Glushko (ISR) 6-2, 6-1
Klara Koukalova (CZE x31) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 7-5, 6-2
Madison Keys (USA) bt Mnica Puig (PUR) 6-3, 6-3
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) bt Kristna Plskov (CZE) 3-6, 6-4, 8-6
Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x7) 6-3, 6-2
Caroline Garcia (FRA) bt Sara Errani (ITA x14) 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-7 (6/8), 6-2, 6-2
Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x28) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Andreea Mitu (ROM) 6-2, 6-1
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x16) bt Shahar Peer (ISR) 6-3, 6-0

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