Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Briton Andy Murray reached the second round of Wimbledon on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Australians slumped to their country’s worst performance in the tournament since 1938.
The two-time winner at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal celebrated his victory following a 7-6 (7/0), 6-2, 6-3 game against Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci. Rafael Nadal, who arrived in England fresh from a record-breaking seventh French Open win, was trailing Thomaz Bellucci 4-0 in the first set.
Nonetheless, the 2008 and 2010 champion made a superb comeback to grab a strong win. Rafael Nadal is one of the players who is tipped to win the Wimbledon this year.
“It's always tough to make the change from clay to grass, especially when over the last couple of months I played almost every match on tour. Physically you start having some troubles,” Rafael Nadal said.
“I'm very happy to be back on probably the best court in the world and winning in three sets is good for me.”
Another candidate tipped to win the Wimbledon this year is Andy Murray. The Scotsman proved that he was in blazing hot form against the Russian Nikolay Davydenko following spectacular 6-1, 6-1 6-4 victory.
Andy Murray turned Nikolay Davydenko into a laughing stock following his comments about Murray being unable to play because of his exaggerated injuries. Andy Murray made sure he had the last laugh from the encounter as he thrashed Nikolay Davydenko to a humiliating defeat.
“I'm desperate to get the tournament going because there's a lot of talk from a lot of people,” said Andy Murray in his post match interview.
In other news about the Wimbledon, Australia’s men fell to their worst performance in the tournament since 1938. Lleyton Hewitt, who was celebrating his 10th anniversary of his 2002 title, was stopped by the fifth seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The Frenchman sailed without much trouble to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win. Lleyton Hewitt’s exit from Wimbledon means there are no more Australian left to compete for the coveted tennis title. Lleyton Hewitt’s compatriots Bernard Tomic, Matthew Ebdon and Marinko Matosevic have already been eliminated from the tournament.
This news should be an alarming wakeup call for the country that has won 21 Wimbledon men’s titles and has produced a number of great tennis players in the past. Nonetheless, Lleyton Hewitt reckons Australia will do better in the Olympics.