By Sonia Oxley BBC Sport at Wimbledon 3 Jul From the section Tennis Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/44700871 Read more about sharing. World number one Rafael Nadal won the first match he has played since last month's French Open triumph, beating Israel's Dudi Sela in straight sets to reach the Wimbledon second round. The Spaniard, seeded second behind 2017 champion Roger Federer, won 6-3 6-3 6-2 against the world number 127.The two-time champion had played no warm-up tournaments on grass but was barely troubled on Centre Court. Nadal faces Canada's Vasil Pospisil or Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin next.Follow Wimbledon live - TV, radio and textBritain's Konta into second roundLive scores, schedule and resultsNadal makes comfortable return to grassIt is the second successive year that Nadal has … [Read more...] about Rafael Nadal: Wimbledon first-round win over Dudi Sela for world number one
3 July 2018 • 4:56pm Johanna Konta battles to victory over Natalia Vikhlyantseva Kyle Edmund vs Alex Bolt, Wimbledon 2018: live score and latest updates The Tennis Podcast: Petra Kvitova eyeing Wimbledon glory Auto update On Off 4:54PM Rafa speaks "It is great to be here at Wimbledon. I'm happy to be through. There is still room to improve but after a while not playing on grass it was good to win in three. "It's the first round, and it's not easy, especially not playing on grass much before. "It doesn't matter how you win or get there, but for the body, it's better in straight sets." 4:50PM Nadal is clothed again He has put a jacket on, and has just signed some autographs, including on a panama hat. Who gets a panama hat signed? Nadal signs four programmes for one man. "How many you have? The whole family?" he says, laughing, 4:49PM Nadal wins 6-3 6-3 6-2 Well he made it a little tricky for himself in the last game but … [Read more...] about Wimbledon 2018: Imperious Rafael Nadal beats Dudi Sela
3 July 2018 • 3:30pm Johanna Konta battles to victory over Natalia Vikhlyantseva Kyle Edmund vs Alex Bolt, Wimbledon 2018: live score and latest updates The Tennis Podcast: Petra Kvitova eyeing Wimbledon glory Auto update On Off 3:30PM Nadal* 6-3 1-0 Sela (*next server) Sela is looking uncomfortable out there. The man from Tel Aviv has dolled one up for Nadal who lashes it across the court. It's 0-40 on Sela's serve and he can't manage a gentle volley over the net. Nadal has broken Sela in the first game of the second set. 3:26PM Nadal 6-3* Sela (*next server) Nadal is looking imperious out there. He is well in control, winning eight points in a row to take him to 30-0. nine makes it 40-0 and the tenth is a serve returned wide and out by Sela. That was quick - 29 minutes Nadal takes the first set 6-3 3:23PM Nadal* 5-3 Sela (*next server) I've just seen a damning statistic: Rafael Nadal has 79 career titles. Sela has none. … [Read more...] about Rafael Nadal vs Dudi Sela: Wimbledon 2018: live score and latest updates
By Jonathan Jurejko BBC Sport at Wimbledon 2 Jul From the section Tennis Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/44689712 Read more about sharing. Wimbledon 2018 on the BBCVenue: All England Club, Wimbledon Dates: 2-15 JulyCoverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TVs and the BBC Sport website and app; Live Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra commentary; Text commentary online.British number ones Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund begin their Wimbledon campaigns on show courts on Tuesday.Konta, seeded 22nd, faces unseeded Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva on court two at 11:30 BST as she looks to replicate her run to last year's semi-finals.Edmund, who has only won one main-draw match at SW19, meets Australian Alex Bolt on Court One at 13:00.World number ones Rafael Nadal and … [Read more...] about Wimbledon 2018: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Johanna Konta, Kyle Edmund start on Tuesday
RAFA Nadal's long-term girlfriend Xisca Perello has shunned the media spotlight over the years despite dating one of the world's top sportsmen. But what's Xisca's background and what's she previously said about her reluctant fame? Here's the lowdown on the beauty who supports her man all over the world... Who is Xisca Perello and how old is she? Xisca Perello - born Maria Francisca Perello - is a 30-year-old insurance worker and business graduate. She's best known for being in a relationship with tennis ace Rafael Nadal and she also serves as project director for the RafaNadal Foundation, the charity which Nadal launched almost ten years ago. The pair reportedly started dating in 2005 despite having known each other for a number of years before. Xisca and Rafael, 32, are yet to publicly announce an engagement or plans for marriage. Why is Xisca often absent from Nadal's tennis matches? In one of her only interviews, Xisca Perello revealed that she chooses not to attend most of Nadal's … [Read more...] about Who is Xisca Perello and when did Rafael Nadal meet long-term girlfriend and Spanish charity boss?