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Wimbledon R1: Nadal (1) def. Russell 6-4 6-2 6-2

Vamos Rafa!

Good start to his title defense!

Began a bit wobbly, went 2-4 down in the first set, only to win the next six games. He found his rhythm after the first set, and looked pretty impressive to me. His forehand was devastating at times, you can see how much confidence the French Open has given him. The biggest difference between RG and now to me, is his inside out forehand and the DTL one, they were working beautifully.

Showed great touch at the net, wouldn't mind seeing him come in a bit more often after his topspin forehand to the backhand side. And he played with a bit more variety than usual, hitting a lot of slices, serving quite a few times to the forehand side as well. Second serve was pretty poor, just rolled it in, don't know if he did that because there was no need to put more on it.

Very pleased to say the least, even though the beginning of the first set had me worried for a while.

Before I get overly excited, it was only Russell ofcourse, he just has no real weapons to do damage. Loved the two diving volleys in a row from him, and even one on the baseline in another rally Nice little showman.

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Re: Wimbledon R1: Nadal (1) def. Russell 6-4 6-2 6-2

If this is what a rusty Rafa can do in the first round of the tournament..... I wonder what a fit and well-adjusted Rafa will do later on in the tournament when he is usually at his best... Really bad omen for his opponents.

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Wimbledon win number 30 for Rafa

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Re: Wimbledon R1: Nadal (1) def. Russell 6-4 6-2 6-2

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Re: Wimbledon R1: Nadal (1) def. Russell 6-4 6-2 6-2

i don't like him but a raffa who lacks confidence is really depressing for some reason

good to see him playing well again
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Re: Wimbledon R1: Nadal (1) def. Russell 6-4 6-2 6-2

Good start. Shaky first set but after that a well handled match. Good experience for the veteran Russell. 35/14 UE is a great ratio. The forehand was really really working today. Vamos Rafa. Good Luck against either Sweeting or Andujar (again). Sweeting second round AO, Andujar second round FO?!?!?!?!

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Good match from Nadal. A few nice winners here and there. His big Ass is also looking quite lovely and fluffy in the white Wimbledon shorts. Probably the best its looked this year so far.
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Re: Wimbledon R1: Nadal (1) def. Russell 6-4 6-2 6-2

I agree the French did wonders for his confidence and he loves being back at Wimbledon. He looked a world away today from what he did at Queens (except for those first 6 games, but I'll cut him some slack in round 1). Nice fight from Russell.

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Re: Wimbledon R1: Nadal (1) def. Russell 6-4 6-2 6-2

I am pleased Rafa started this tournament much better than FO. Was worried a bit about his confidence and mood he was in entering Wimbledon.
Good luck next round, Rafa!

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Decent performance from Rafa after a shaky start of the match - merely a hiccup though.
Russell was enjoying his first - and most probably last - appearance at the center court, nice to see.

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Russell was having a lot of fun out there, the double dive point was great.

Routine win for Rafa
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(There is no doubt that Rafa's only weakness is he's a poor starter, often gets down a break in 1st set. Imagine if he changed that and became a fast starter. His record says he's only ever lost one match [it was vs Ferrer] in his slam career after winning the 1st set!)
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Such a tough draw for Rafito, the raftards were spot on
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(This is the most relaxed I've ever seen Uncle Toni [or equal-most relaxed], bad signs for Rafa's rivals)
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Re: Wimbledon R1: Nadal (1) def. Russell 6-4 6-2 6-2

Russell was unlucky, good to see him saying thank you to the ballkids.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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