Friday, 16 November, 2018

'It's all about business': Nadal blasts Wimbledon shot-clock plan

Rafael Nadal: Wimbledon first-round win over Dudi Sela for world number one Israel's Dudi Sela knocked out of Wimbledon in 1st round by Rafael Nadal
Andrew Wong | 04 July, 2018, 13:39

I don't know for how long I'm going to play.

Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro made it nine first round wins in nine appearances at the tournament, breezing past Germany's Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

World number one Rafael Nadal took a swipe at plans to introduce a shot clock at Wimbledon next year after speedily moving past Israel's Dudi Sela in the first round.

But there was no lack of competitive edge from the 2008 and 2010 champion who comfortably avoided being beaten at the tournament by a player ranked outside the top 100 for what would have been the fifth time in his last six visits.

Kyrgios earned the only break of the match to go up 5-3 in the fourth set before serving out the match.

"After a while without playing on grass it's very important to start with a straight victory", he said.

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Dominic Thiem, the French Open runner-up, became the third top-10 player to exit the men's draw in the opening round when he retired hurt with his opponent, Marcos Baghdatis, leading 6-4, 7-5, 2-0.

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza, seeded three, gets Centre Court action underway against British wold card Naomi Broady, ranked at 138. Previous year he reached the fourth round, losing in five sets to Gilles Muller.

Nadal is bidding to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year for the third time.

"There's a general feeling that we should speed up when a match begins and ends", said the tournament's chief executive Richard Lewis.

Kyrgios, seeded 15, hammered down 42 aces and unleashed 78 winners.

Russia´s Maria Sharapova practices at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2018. Now he does, he is in fine form and has officially entered the championships'.

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Three-time victor Djokovic starts against Tennys Sandgren of the United States, returning to the tournament which ended in an injury-enforced quarter-final withdrawal 12 months ago.

'Strong performance, convincing first round against a tricky opponent, ' the three-time Wimbledon champion said.

Novak Djokovic has equaled John McEnroe's number of matches won at Wimbledon by beating American Tennys Sandgren in straight sets.

The former world number one missed the 2016 event as she served a doping ban and was injured past year when she was planning to appear in the qualifying event.

Facing the world number 127, Nadal was seeded second after Roger Federer by the oldest tennis tournament in the world.

Sharapova, seeded 24, starts against fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko, ranked at 132 and who came through qualifying.

Dead woman found alive inside mortuary
The Gauteng district health department is to investigate the incident. "There is no proof of any negligence by our crew‚" he said. In 2016 another road accident victim, from KwaZulu Natal, was declared dead, only to be found breathing the next day.

Halep's best run at Wimbledon was a semi-final spot in 2014.

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