PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Dudi Sela to reach Wimbledon second round

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal progressed to the second round of Wimbledon with a straight sets victory over Dudi Sela. Our champ showed his class on Centre Court, defeating his Israeli opponent 6-3 6-3 6-2.

Speaking to BBC immediately after his win, Rafa said:

Great always to play here in Wimbledon, especially on Centre Court – happy to be through and positive feelings.

Room to improve, but after a while without playing on grass it’s very important to start with a straight victory.

I went to the net a couple of times, later in the third set I served worse, but in general terms I served well.

It’s not easy, especially here on grass. The important thing is to be through, I prefer to win in straight sets than in five.

Every victory gives you confidence, it doesn’t matter how you win.

The world No. 1 will face either Vasek Pospisil or Mikhail Kukushkin in the next round as he continues his quest to win a third title at the All England Club.

Source: BBC

21 comments

  1. Well done champ Rafa. May you go through each matches. Vamos Rafa!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Rafa very well done indeed.

    All the best for next match,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

  3. Congrats Rafa well don.Good luck to the next much..vamosssssssssssssss champ you can do it.🎾🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍👍😇😇😇😇❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. Solid start of the tournament. Good news. All the best for the second round. Vamos Rafa <3

  5. I have exam, no Time to watch 😭
    Hope he will reach the 2nd week ❤️
    Vamos Rafael !!!!

  6. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SOLID VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU ARE PLAYING FANTASTIC SWEETHEART & YOU ARE SO BRILLIANT ON GRASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ): ) : ) : ) ALL YOUR PRECIOUS TENNIS GIFTS ARE THERE …….VERY IMPRESSIVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU ARE FINDING BEAUTIFUL CORNERS, AND BRIGHT NET MOMENTS, AND BACKWARD MAGICAL SHOTS, AND YOUR RHYTHM WAS SO WHOLESOME…… SO SMOOTH AND AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) ; ) YOUR FEISTY, ON – THE – RUN BRILLIANT RETURNS ARE SO EXCITING TO WATCH! : ) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) AND YOUR EFFECTIVE, WELL PLACED SERVE, AND YOUR PRECIOUS FOCUS ON EACH POINT IS SIMPLY EXTRAORDINARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) IN SHORT, WE LOVED ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL GRASS PLAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VERY HAPPY FOR YOU DEAR RAFA, AND IT WAS WONDERFUL TO WATCH YOUR SOLID ACTION ….. YOU HAVE SUCH CLASSY MANNERS ON THE COURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) KUDOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOUR SPORTSMANSHIP IS INCREDIBLY REFRESHING AND LOVELY TO WITNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE REALLY LIKE AND APPRECIATE THE GREAT IRISH UMPIRE THAT COVERED YOUR MATCH!!!!!! : ) MR FERGUSON, I BELIEVE HIS NAME. HE IS BY FAR ONE OF THE BEST OUT THERE!!!!! : ) A DEFINITE ONE OF THE FAVORITES, ALONG WITH THE WOMAN WHO COVERED ONE OF YOUR US OPEN MATCHES. WE ARE THRILLED A SOLID UMPIRE WAS THERE , SO INTELLIGENT AND WELL MANNERED!!!!! : ) HE TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS PROFESSIONALLY AND WITH SUCH POSITIVE ENTHUSIASM….LOVED IT! : ) IT WAS FUN…… VAMOS SWEETHEART & ENJOY YOUR BEAUTIFUL VICTORY WITH THE TEAM AND CELEBRATE YOUR AWESOME PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WE LOVE YOU DEAR RAFA AND VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) HAVE A LOVELY EVENING AND A BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) SENDING LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS & VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX .

  7. So thrilled for our Champ..watched the match..he is well ready for grass court..Vamos Rafa 🇮🇪💕

  8. So the most dangerous opponent in early rounds Mischa Zverev- a serve and volley specialist has been out!
    Expecting a breeze to the quater final, Rafa! If the condition is this hot and bouncy, i believe he could make it this year.

    Bel18ve!

      • Ikr. Federer is having his cakewalk draw too. I was expecting Coric to hurt him a little bit in the fourth round but oh well…

  9. Good result-stay confident and healthy.💪👍👏👊🍀❣️

  10. I thought it was a good first match. We all know how nervous Rafa is especially in his first match no matter who the opponent is. I am still surprised that Moya is not there. Do we know why?

    • Carlos Moya wasnt at Wimbledon last year either. Maybe its an arrangement they have agreed to.

      • Hi Susie, If it’s true then it’s not a smart decision on Rafa’s part. Main coach should not be absent in an important tournament such as Wimbledon. I think Rafa needs someone like johnny Mac or Pete on a consultation basis only at Wimbledon

      • Strange indeed. Imagine this at RG, unthinkable. In other words: they don’t want Wimbledon as badly. But we know that.

      • You never know – carlos may show up if Rafa gets to the 2nd week perhaps??

  11. Congrats, well done. Good luck to the next one…👏👏👏❤️❤️❤️

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