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

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21 comments

  1. Rafa very well done indeed.

    All the best for next match,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

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

  3. 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 .

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

  5. 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…

  6. 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?

      • 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.

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