Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

So Sweet for Rafa

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

So Sweet for Rafa

Article excerpt

RAFAEL Nadal made a winning debut under the Centre Court roof as he booked his place in the third round of Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over Ryan Sweeting.

The world number one, given top billing under the lights, was rarely in trouble against his American opponent short of an inconsistent spell midway through the third set.

Defending the title he won a year ago, he made it 16 straight wins on the Wimbledon grass, often thrilling the crowd - the Duchess of Cornwall among them - with a fine display of aggressive hitting laced with some top-drawer defence.

Nadal will now face Gilles Muller, whose opponent, the up-and-coming Canadian Milos Raonic, was forced to retire after just five games of their contest.

Big-serving 20-year-old Raonic, fancied by many to at least give Nadal a headache were he to have faced him, landed awkwardly and was forced to leave Court 16 while 3-2 ahead.

That match, and all others on the outside courts, did not get under way until past 3pm owing to the inclement weather. …

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