Rafael Nadal survives third-set slump and hopes to avoid any Covid scare

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  • Nadal wins in four sets against Cerundulo

  • Nadal made to work for first round victory

Rafael Nadal is confident that he will not join Wimbledon’s growing list of Covid-19 casualties after keeping his Grand Slam hopes alive with a four-set first round win against Francisco Cerundulo.

Nadal had practiced on Centre Court last Thursday with Italy’s Matteo Berrettino, who became the latest men’s seed on Tuesday to withdraw from the tournament after contracting the virus.

The French player Alize Cornet was also quoted earlier in the day as saying that “everyone had Covid at Roland [Garros in the French Open]" but players chose to keep their infections secret.

"When we see that Krejcikova withdraws saying I have Covid, and that the whole dressing room is sick. At some point we may all have had the flu," she told French outlet L'Equipe. "The thing is, we have three symptoms. The throat scratching, we play and everything is fine, it's OK. In Roland, yes, I think there have been a few cases and it is a tacit agreement between us."

Nadal, who won the French Open, said that he was not aware of Covid cases in Paris but was told recently that players do not need to take a Covid test even if they have symptoms.

Fears of serious disruption among the leading men’s players at Wimbledon were heightened following the loss of both Berrettini, last year’s finalist and one of the tournament favourites, and Marin Cilic who reached the 2017 final. Nadal stressed that he trained only outdoors with Berrettino last week.

“It is difficult to be a close contact when you are outside,” he said. “Anything can happen but, for the moment, I’m feeling good. The physio told me if you have symptoms it is up to you if you have a test or not.

“If you have a test, and you are positive, you are out. If you are telling me if you have a positive and you can still play, I didn’t know. We need to follow the rules and if we don’t the world is a mess.”

Wimbledon was cancelled completely due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and returned last year subject to strict protocols. In common with most sporting events, those protocols have been significantly eased this year despite the recent wider community spike in Covid-19 infections. The protocols are being constantly reviewed.

After comfortably winning the first two sets against Cerundulo, Nadal was briefly threatened with a deciding fifth set in what was his first grass court match in three years.

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after losing a point as he plays Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo in a first round men's singles match on day two of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. - AP
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after losing a point as he plays Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo in a first round men's singles match on day two of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. - AP

Yet after trailing 4-2 in the fourth set, he produced a flawless 15 minutes to reel off four games and become only the fifth player after Rod Laver, Mats Wilander, Novak Djokovic and Jim Courier to win his first 15 Grand Slam matches of a calendar year.

"At the most critical moment I raised my level - that is a very positive thing," said Nadal. "Every day I survive there is a bigger chance that I start playing at a much higher level.

"After three years of not playing here I'm very happy to be back. The last three years I didn't put a foot on a grass court, so it always takes a while in my first match. Every day is a test and this was an important test.

"At the beginning of the tournament and under the circumstances I arrived here, the victory is the most important thing.

"Everyone knows I had to do some things on my foot, but the most important thing is I am in Wimbledon 2022 and I won my first match."

Nadal vs Cerundolo, as it happened:

07:09 PM

Up to fifth in all-time standings

07:01 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Nadal grimaces after putting a backhand into the net, 30-15. Nadal is upping the power and Cerundolo can't handle it, 30-30. Massive point next.

Cerundolo forehand into the net, match point Nadal. Cerundolo backhand into the tramlines, GAME>SET>MATCH NADAL

06:55 PM

Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 5-4 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Nadal rattles through the game and hits his fifth ace of the match to take the lead in the set. Big pressure on Cerundolo now. He had a big opportunity and let it slip.

06:52 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 4-4 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

An opening for Nadal as he gets to 0-30. Cerundolo forehand into the net, three break points.

Cerundolo forehand long and Nadal breaks. Terrible game by the Argentine, lost his head a little there.

06:47 PM

Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 3-4 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Better shot by Nadal as he places a backhand down the line for a winner, 15-0. But he then goes long with a forehand, 15-15.

Nadal leaves a short ball for Cerundolo to attack but the Argentine puts his forehand long, 30-15. Nadal hits a drop shot winner to keep himself in the set.

06:44 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 2-4 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Nadal just misses with a forehand down the line, 30-0. Nadal then nets a backhand pass, 40-0. And the Argentine extends his lead again with an excellent first serve.

This is definitely not how I expected this match to go.

06:41 PM

Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 2-3 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Cerundolo rifles a forehand winner into the corner, 0-30. He is playing the tennis of his life right now.

Cerundolo backhand into the net, 15-30. Cerundolo goes on the attack again and Nadal puts a backhand long, two break points.

Nadal saves the first and the second when Cerundolo nets a return. Nadal forehand long, third break point.

Another Cerundolo return wide, deuce. Cerundolo drills a backhand winner down the line, break point.

Cerundolo has it on his racket but nets a backhand. And Nadal holds. That could be pivotal hold.

06:33 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 1-3 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Nadal on the march as he moves to 0-30 with a volley winner. Nadal then puts a forehand long, 15-30.

Two break points for Nadal but Cerundolo saves them both. Cerundolo lobs Nadal and it is called in. Nadal challenges but Hawkeye says it was in.

Drop shot by Cerundolo but Nadal scoops his reply wide. Cerundolo holds.

Quite a story developing here.

06:26 PM

Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 1-2 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Excellent forehand by Cerundolo pushes Nadal wide but the Spaniard anticipates it and puts up a great lob but Cerundolo hits a lovely high backhand volley, 0-15. Nadal forehand into the net, 0-30.

Nadal with another forehand long, three break points. Cerundolo forehand is just long on the first break point.

Cerundolo return long, 30-40. Another return long by Cerundolo. deuce.

This is now one of the longest games of the match so far, passing the nine-minute mark and Nadal still can't get out of it.

Fourth break point for Cerundolo as Nadal puts a backhand long. Disappointment for the Argentine as he nets a return.

Strange Nadal drop shot into the net, fifth break point. Cerundolo forehand winner into the corner. Wow. What a shot.

The Argentine finally breaks.

06:12 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 1-1 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

I doubt Cerundolo has ever played better than he's done today. He races to 40-0. And holds to 30 when Nadal defensive forehand goes long.

06:09 PM

Fourth Set: Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Nadal gets back on track with an ace to hold to 15. That was the first set Nadal has lost in the first round of a grand slam since the 2016 Australian Open.

He'd won 61 straight sets until today. Well played Cerundolo!

06:01 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 6-3, 3-6 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Nadal puts a backhand long, 15-0. Defensive lob by Nadal goes long, 30-0. Cerundolo forehand long, 30-15.

Nadal backhand return long, 40-15. Defensive backhand by Cerundolo goes long, 40-30.

Cerundolo forehand long, deuce. Hawkeye confirms it. Two set points gone.

Cerundolo is dragged back and forth by Nadal and eventually nets a backhand, break point.

Brilliant forehand into the corner by Cerundolo and Nadal can't get the ball back in play, deuce. Cerundolo forehand long, break point. Cerundolo saves it again with a forehand winer.

Nadal forehand into the tramlines, set point. Nadal nets a defensive backhand and the Centre Court crowd roars.

Game on folks!!

05:53 PM

Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 3-5 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Nadal forehand into the bottom of the net, 15-30. Big point coming up now. Serve and volley by Nadal but the volley goes long.

Nadal saves the first. But not the second as Nadal nets a backhand. And he's not happy as he slaps his racket.

05:50 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 6-3, 3-4 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Nadal forehand into the net, 30-0. The Spaniard pulls Cerundolo back to 30-30 but the Argentine holds when Nadal's forehand goes long.

Stats show Cerundolo has won 16 of the 30 points when the rallies go over 9 shots.

05:44 PM

Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 3-3 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Big first serve down the T by Nadal to move to 40-15 and another first serve allows him to hold.

05:39 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 6-3, 2-3 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Cerundolo has a chance to consolidate his break back but double faults to make it deuce. Lovely angled forehand by Cerundolo and Nadal nets a defensive forehand.

Cerundolo forehand winner into the corner. Great shot to hold.

05:34 PM

Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 2-2 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

What's happening here then? Cerundolo earns himself three break points after an uncharacteristically sloppy game.

And Cerundolo does break back with a huge cross court backhand winner. Game on?

05:32 PM

Agree or disagree?

05:28 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 6-3, 2-1 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Cerundolo just misses with a forehand down the line winner, 15-15. Cerundolo drags a forehand wide, break point.

And forehand into the tramlines and Nadal breaks for the fourth time.

05:24 PM

Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 1-1 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Nadal holds with an ace to continue his dominance of the match.

05:21 PM

Third Set: Nadal* 6-4, 6-3, 0-1 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Nasty looking slip for Nadal but he looks to be OK, 15-30. Big first by Cerundolo finds the line and is unreturned by Nadal, 40-30.

Break point Nadal but Cerundolo draws the error to save it. He's stuck in there in this game so far.

And he holds when Nadal fails to get his return back in play.

05:08 PM

Nadal 6-4, 6-3 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Cerundolo forehand return into the net, 30-0. Nadal serve and volley winner, 40-0.

And Nadal takes the set when Cerundolo's forehand goes long. Uphill task for the Argentine now.

05:06 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 5-3 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Nadal backhand wide, 30-30. Set point for Nadal is saved by a vital first serve from Cerundolo. Nadal forehand into the tramlines and Cerundolo keeps himself in the set.

However, Nadal will serve for it next.

04:59 PM

Nadal 6-4, 5-2 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Nadal consolidates the break to move within a game of the set.

04:51 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 4-2 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Gruelling rally between the two men and Nadal comes out on top when Cerundolo nets, deuce.

Shot of the day for Cerundolo as he rifles a cross court backhand into the corner. Almost Rafa-like there.

Another wonderful rally but just when Cerundolo has the upper hand he puts a forehand wide, break point Nadal.

Cerundolo forehand long and Nadal breaks. A very soft concession of serve.

Meanwhile, behind me is England and Manchester City defender Kyle Walker. He's chosen a good place to enjoy his summer holidays.

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04:42 PM

Nadal 6-4, 3-2 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Cerundolo moves to 0-30 with a blistering forehand winner down the line. But Nadal pulls it back to 30-30 when Cerundolo nets a return.

Cerundolo just about gets a Nadal serve down the T back in play but the Spaniard puts away an easy forehand.

Big time forehand winner by Cerundolo, deuce. Cerundolo goes on the attack again and gets rewarded when Nadal's forehand is long, break point.

Nadal finds his first serve again and Cerundolo misses a return again. Big cheers as Nadal holds again when Cerundolo nets.

04:35 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 2-2 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Ooooh and aaaahs from the crowd as the two players go toe-to-toe then groans as Cerundolo nets a overhead smash, 15-30.

Defensive Nadal backhand long, 30-30. And Cerundolo holds when Nadal's forehand is long.

04:30 PM

Nadal 6-4, 2-1 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Another love hold for Nadal. He's looking imperious on his serve at the moment.

04:28 PM

Nadal* 6-4, 1-1 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Crucial that Cerundolo starts this set well and doesn't allow Nadal to run away with things.

He makes a good start by holding to love in fairness.

04:24 PM

Second Set: Nadal 6-4, 1-0 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Start as you mean to go on Rafa. Nadal holds to love to open set two.

04:21 PM

Nadal* 6-4 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Big first serve followed by another well executed drop shot by Cerundolo, 15-0. A bit for fortune for Nadal as his forehand clips the top of the net and Cerundolo can only put his reply wide, 30-30. Huge point coming up.

Nadal comes forward with his forehand and Cerundolo puts his lob long, set point. Saved by Cerundolo with a big wide first serve. Cerundolo forehand into the net, second set point.

And Nadal duly takes it with a angled backhand that Cerundolo hits long.

04:14 PM

Nadal 5-4 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Nadal's backhand is called out but he challenges and is right as the ball just catches the line. But Cerundolo does make it 15-30 when Nadal puts a backhand long.

Two break points after another Nadal unforced error. Nadal saves them both when Cerundolo puts two returns long.

Nadal double fault and Cerundolo has another break point. He saves it again when Cerundolo puts a return long.

And Nadal survives that scare to hold.

04:03 PM

Nadal* 4-4 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Nadal hits a lovely forehand down the line but Cerundolo responds with a forehand of his own for a winner, 15-0.

Nadal shanks a forehand out of play, 30-0. Lovely rally between the two players ends with Nadal netting a sliced backhand.

Cerundolo is really holding his own out here...for now

03:58 PM

Nadal 4-3 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

It is very windy on Centre and that could be why the match isn't of the highest quality so far. But Cerundolo shows his quality again with a forehand down the line winner, 40-30.

Nadal gets back on track when Cerundolo fails to return his first serve.

03:53 PM

Nadal* 3-3 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Cerundolo backhand into the net, 0-30. But he recovers to 30-30 when Nadal nets a backhand. Lovely drop shot winner by Cerundolo again, 40-30. Nadal ups the power on the forehand side and Cerundolo nets, deuce.

But Cernundolo holds to level the set. Confident tennis by the Argentine so far.

03:47 PM

Nadal 3-2 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

All of a sudden Cerundolo earns himself three break points. Nadal saves the first but not the second.

Nadal slips after a deep return by Cerundolo, he puts a defensive lob but the Argentine hits an overhead that is called out but a Hawkeye challenge rules it in.

03:41 PM

Nadal* 3-1 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

A Cerundolo sliced backhand *just* drifts wide, 15-30. Cerundolo goes for too much on the forehand it is break point Nadal.

Cerundolo forehand into the net and Nadal breaks without having to be anywhere near his best.

03:37 PM

Nadal 2-1 Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Very nice drop shot by Cerundolo, 15-30. Cerundolo nets a backhand down the line, he had to make that, 40-30.

Cerundolo forehand on the run goes long and Nadal holds. There was a small opening there for the Argentine.

03:32 PM

Nadal* 1-1 Cerundolo (*denotes next server)

Impressive opening service game by the Argentine as he holds to love. A sign of things to come perhaps?

03:29 PM

First Set: Rafael Nadal 1-0 Francisco Cerundolo* (*denotes next server)

Nice long rally to start between the two men and Cerundolo puts a backhand wide. First ace of the match for Nadal, 30-15.

Nadal gets the benefit of a low bounce off his forehand, 40-30. Serve and volley from Nadal, which you don't see often, but it works as Cerundolo nets a forehand.

03:23 PM

Early win for Nadal

Nadal won the toss and will serve first.

03:21 PM

Here we go!

One of the loudest receptions of the week so far as Rafael Nadal strides onto Centre Court once again.

I'm in position and we will have game by game updates of this match.

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03:04 PM

One down, six to go!

Iga Swiatek is through to the second round after beating Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3 on Centre Court.

Up next? Rafael Nadal...

02:58 PM

Into a fifth set we go!

Jubb has forced a deciding set against Kyrgios and the fans on Court 3 love it.

02:53 PM

Tiebreak on Court 3

We're into a tiebreak between Jubb and Kyrgios. At the changeover, it is 3-3.

Very tight!

02:50 PM

Women's first-round results - June 28

Zhang Shuai (33), China, def. Misaki Doi, Japan, 6-4, 6-0.

Claire Liu, United States, def. Nuria Parrizas Diaz, Spain, 7-5, 6-3.

Jelena Ostapenko (12), Latvia, def. Oceane Dodin, France, 6-4, 6-4.

Maria Sakkari (5), Greece, def. Zoe Hives, Australia, 6-1, 6-4.

Viktorija Golubic, Switzerland, def. Andrea Petkovic, Germany, 6-4, 6-3.

Catherine Harrison, United States, def. Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, 6-1, 6-4.

Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium, def. Zhu Lin, China, 6-4, 6-2.

Mihaela Buzarnescu, Romania, def. Nastasja Schunk, Germany, 6-4, 6-2.

Alize Cornet, France, def. Yulia Putintseva (27), Kazakhstan, 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Marta Kostyuk, Ukraine, def. Katie Swan, Britain, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Viktoriya Tomova, Bulgaria, def. Daria Saville, Australia, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.

Lauren Davis, United States, def. Madison Brengle, United States, 6-2, 7-5.

Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove, Netherlands, def. Sonay Kartal, Britain, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Tatjana Maria, Germany, def. Astra Sharma, Australia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Barbora Krejcikova (13), Czech Republic, def. Maryna Zanevska, Belgium, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

02:39 PM

Men's first-round results - June 28

Steve Johnson, United States, def. Grigor Dimitrov (18), Bulgaria, 4-6, 5-2, ret.

Ryan Peniston, Britain, def. Henri Laaksonen, Switzerland, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

David Goffin, Belgium, def. Radu Albot, Moldova, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Sebastian Baez (31), Argentina, def. Taro Daniel, Japan, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.

02:25 PM

'The Australian's pantomime villainy' - Kyrgios update by Chief Sports Writer Oliver Brown

Nick Kyrgios, pure vaudeville as ever, has drawn his energy in this third set from consistently abusing a lineswoman. Rounding on the lady, who corrected herself on one call, he muttered: 'These people are in their nineties - they can't even see the ball.'

It is extraordinary the umpire has not even seen fit to admonish him yet, let alone penalise him. So far, the Court No 3 crowd appears to be relishing the Australian's pantomime villainy, even against a British opponent.

02:15 PM

Ruthess Swiatek

The world No 1 and top seed has won the first set 6-0 over Jana Fett. Victory No 36 incoming?

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01:53 PM

All to play for on Court 3

Back-to-back aces for Kyrgios takes him to 13 for the match and levels the third set at 4-4.

01:41 PM

Breaking: Disappointment for Swan

Katie Swan is beaten by Marta Kostyuk 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round.

01:21 PM

It is never dull with Kyrgios

The Australian has bounced back from the disappointment of losing the first set to lead 5-1 with a break in the second set.

He's called for the umpire to get rid of a line judge, having already called her a 'snitch'.

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01:09 PM

Breaking: Ryan Peniston wins!

Another Brit into the second round as Peniston continues his great grass season by beating Henri Laaksonen 6-4 6-3 6-2.

The cheers for Peniston are reverberating around Wimbledon.

01:06 PM

Warning for Kyrgios

Kyrgios explodes on Court 3 as his serve is broken by Paul Jubb and he then smacks a ball out of the court and onto the main road presumably.

He's given a ball abuse warning by the line judge.

To compound matters, Jubb holds serve in the next game and takes the set 6-3.

12:57 PM

Kyrgios underarm serve klaxon!

It hasn't taken long for the Australian to dip into his trick shot box.

Leading 40-0 on his serve, he plays an underarm serve through his legs. Ridiculous.

12:46 PM

On the move again!

I'm now on Court 3 where Britain's Paul Jubb is in action against Nick Kyrgios. Early stages here with Jubb leading 2-1 on serve.

12:33 PM

Breaking: Grigor Dimitrov retires injured

Looks like a groin injury has forced Dimitrov is quit his match with Steve Johnson.

More disappointment at a major for the Bulgarian.

12:23 PM

"Come on Swanny"

Plenty of encouragement and support for Swan out here on the tightly packed Court 18.

A nice round of applause for a spectator who catches the ball after Kostyuk shanks a forehand.

But Swan is broken and it is now 6-4, 2-3

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12:03 PM

Katie Swan leads on Court 18

I've finally arrived at Court 18 where Britain's Katie Swan has taken the opening set 6-4 over Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk.

This would be a major scalp against a promising player for Swan.

11:52 AM

Dashing to Court 18...

... but stuck in a bit of traffic!

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11:42 AM

Courtside on Court 12

"Come on, Ryan!"

I'm sitting amongst the spectators on Court 12 where Ryan Peniston has just won the opening set 6-4 against Henri Laaksonen.

His grass-court season just keeps on getting better.

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11:29 AM

Two positive tests in less than 24 hours

Berrettini's positive test follows Marin Cilic's withdrawal yesterday for the same reason. Both players were poised for deep runs into the tournament.

11:21 AM

Huge blow to the tournament

Berrettini arrived at Wimbledon with tournament wins in Stuttgart and Queen's Club. He was the third favourite behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Lucky loser Elias Ymer now takes Berrettini’s spot in the draw and will face Cristian Garin on Court 18.

11:09 AM

Breaking: Matteo Berrettini out of Wimbledon

Last year's finalist has had to withdraw from the tournament after testing positive for Covid.

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10:58 AM

Time for some tennis

I'm heading to Court 12 for Peniston's first match at Wimbledon. Can he keep up his impressive grass court form?

10:51 AM

Weather report

It is cloudy and a tad chilly. Not quite t-shirts and shorts weather but we shouldn't be disrupted by the rain today.

Classic Wimbledon weather you might say!

10:37 AM

Nadal warms up as the crowds fill in

I've just taken a wander to Court 5 where Nadal is warming up ahead of his match against Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo.

The Wimbledon stewards have cordoned off the approach to the court as it is already filled with spectators taking pictures and videos.

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10:22 AM


Jamie Murray will partner Venus Williams for mixed doubles.

In 2019, their siblings Andy and Serena partnered up together.

10:04 AM

Order of play for Tuesday cont

Court 8

11:00: Viktorija Golubic (Swi) v Andrea Petkovic (Ger), Xin Yu Wang (Chn) v (20) Amanda Anisimova (USA), Roberto Carballes Baena (Spa) v Jordan Thompson (Aus), Daniel Elahi Galan (Col) v Dominik Koepfer (Ger)

Court 9

11:00: Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) v Lin Zhu (Chn), Madison Brengle (USA) v Lauren Davis (USA), Alexei Popyrin (Aus) v Hugo Gaston (Fra), Attila Balazs (Hun) v (17) Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa)

Court 10

11:00: Alize Cornet (Fra) v (27) Yulia Putintseva (Kaz), Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz) v (29) Jenson Brooksby (USA), (27) Lorenzo Sonego (Ita) v Denis Kudla (USA), Kristina Kucova (Svk) v Laura Pigossi (Bra)

Court 11

11:00: Taro Daniel (Jpn) v (31) Sebastian Baez (Arg), (14) Nuno Borges (Por) v MacKenzie McDonald (USA), (32) Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spa) v Christina McHale (USA), Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v (17) Elena Rybakina (Kaz)

Court 12

11:00: Ryan Peniston (Gbr) v Henri Laaksonen (Swi), (4) Paula Badosa Gibert (Spa) v Louisa Chirico (USA), Zizou Bergs (Bel) v Jack Draper (Gbr), Lorenzo Musetti (Ita) v (11) Taylor Harry Fritz (USA)

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Court 14

11:00: David Goffin (Bel) v Radu Albot (Mol), (18) Jil Belen Teichmann (Swi) v Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus), Ana Bogdan (Rom) v Dayana Yastremska (Ukr), Alastiar Gray (Gbr) v Chun Hsin Tseng (Tpe), Emina Bektas (USA) v Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Can)

Court 15

11:00: (33) Shuai Zhang (Chn) v Misaki Doi (Jpn), Joao Sousa (Por) v Richard Gasquet (Fra), Emil Ruusuvuori (Fin) v Yoshihito Nishioka (Jpn), Qinwen Zheng (Chn) v Sloane Stephens (USA)

Court 16

11:00: Catherine Harrison (USA) v Arantxa Rus (Ned), Sonay Kartal (Gbr) v Danka Kovinic (Mne), Bernabe Zapata Miralles (Spa) v Jack Sock (USA), (13) Denis Shapovalov (Can) v Arthur Rinderknech (Fra)

Court 17

11:00: Oceane Dodin (Fra) v (12) Jelena Ostapenko (Lat), Maryna Zanevska (Bel) v (13) Barbora Krejcikova (Cze), (24) Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune (Den) v Marcos Giron (USA), Liam Broady (Gbr) v Lukas Klein (Svk)

Court 18

11:00: Marta Kostyuk (Ukr) v Katie Swan (Gbr), (19) Alex De Minaur (Aus) v Hugo Dellien (Bol), Stefan Kozlov (USA) v (12) Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (Arg), Clara Burel (Fra) v Katie Boulter (Gbr)

09:55 AM

Order of play for Tuesday

Centre Court

13:30: (1) Iga Swiatek (Pol) v Jana Fett (Cro), Francisco Cerundolo (Arg) v (2) Rafael Nadal (Spa), Serena Williams (USA) v Harmony Tan (Fra)

Court 1

13:00: (8) Matteo Berrettini (Ita) v Christian Garin (Chi), Karolina Muchova (Cze) v (16) Simona Halep (Rom), Alexander Ritschard (Swi) v (4) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre)

Court 2

11:00: Steve Johnson (USA) v (18) Grigor Dimitrov (Bul), (11) Cori Gauff (USA) v Elena Gabriela Ruse (Rom), Jasmine Paolini (Ita) v (25) Petra Kvitova (Cze), Jason Kubler (Aus) v (28) Daniel Evans (Gbr)

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wimbledon 2022 live score results rafael nadal serena williams updates - GETTY IMAGES

Court 3

11:00: (5) Maria Sakkari (Gre) v Zoe Hives (Aus), Paul Jubb (Gbr) v Nick Kyrgios (Aus), (6) Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) v Maxime Cressy (USA), (9) Garbine Muguruza (Spa) v Greet Minnen (Bel), Tereza Martincova (Cze) v (6) Karolina Pliskova (Cze)

Court 4

11:00: Mihaela Buzarnescu (Rom) v Nastasja Schunk (Ger), Pedro Martinez Portero (Spa) v Alex Molcan (Svk), Feliciano Lopez (Spa) v (21) Botic Van de Zandschulp (Ned), (21) Camila Giorgi (Ita) v Magdalena Frech (Pol)

Court 5

11:00: Claire Liu (USA) v Nuria Parrizas-Diaz (Spa), Sam Querrey (USA) v Ricardas Berankis (Lit), (26) Filip Krajinovic (Ser) v Jiri Lehecka (Cze), Rebecca Peterson (Swe) v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk)

Court 6

11:00: Daria Saville (Aus) v Viktoriya Tomova (Bul), Zdenek Kolar (Cze) v Benjamin Bonzi (Fra), Irina Bara (Rom) v Chloe Paquet (Fra), Dennis Novak (Aut) v Facundo Bagnis (Arg)

Court 7

11:00: Marc-Andrea Huesler (Swi) v Hugo Grenier (Fra), Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) v Jaimee Fourlis (Aus), Brandon Nakashima (USA) v Nicola Kuhn (Ger), (30) Shelby Rogers (USA) v Petra Martic (Cro)

09:46 AM

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09:31 AM

Ready for some more tennis?

Hello again and welcome to day two of the Wimbledon Championships.

Monday was a thrilling start to the tournament with shock results, five set wins, rain delays and an inevitable late finish under the Centre Court roof with Andy Murray.

Today, it is the turn of the 22 and 23-time grand slam champions as Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams get their campaigns underway on Centre.

However, it is French Open champion Iga Swiatek who starts proceedings on the main show court. The world No 1 has won her last 35 matches and starts against Croatian qualifier Jana Fett, ranked 254. And Swiatek admits she is still getting used to playing on grass.

"Honestly I still feel like I need to figure out grass. Last year, for sure, it was that kind of tournament where I didn't know what to expect," Swiatek told reporters on Saturday.

"Then match by match I realised maybe I can do more and more. Still this year I only played, like, 10 days on grass, so it's not a lot. I didn't have a lot of time to prepare.

"But I'm just trying to stay open-minded and kind of take positives from the situation and realise that I can play without any expectations."

Elsewhere, there are plenty of Brits in action and we will start the day from Court 12 where wildcard Ryan Peniston makes his Wimbledon debut against Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen, who is ranked 95th in the world.

Peniston has climbed more than 200 places in the rankings in a year to a current career high of 147, marking his first forays on the ATP Tour by reaching the quarter-finals at both Queen's Club and Eastbourne.

The left-hander will hope to continue that strong form against Laaksonen in the first round while close friend and prospective housemate Alastair Gray takes on former Wimbledon junior champion Tseng Chun-hsin.

The 24-year-old Londoner, ranked 283, is following in the footsteps of Cameron Norrie having overlapped with the British number one for a year at Texas Christian University in the United States before turning professional last spring.

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