22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal is through to the second round at The Championships after beating Argentine world No. 41 Francisco Cerundolo in four sets.
Playing his first official match since winning the Roland Garros title earlier this month, Rafa won his Centre Court contest 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in three hours and 33 minutes.
“First of all all the credit to Francisco, I think he started to play great and was a very tough opponent.
“Three years without being here on this amazing surface, it is amazing to be back and I can’t thank [people] enough for the support.
“It is not a surface that we play very often especially in my case in the last three years I didn’t put any foot on the grass. Every day is a test and I am at the beginning of the tournament and the difficult circumstances [under which] I arrived here.
“When you play well in Roland Garros it’s not much time between. I used to remember all beautiful days I finished the final in Roland Garros and was playing on the grass at Queens but by body is not allowing me.”
For me the most important thing is that I am in Wimbledon 2022 and I won the first match.”
Our champ goes on to play against Ricardas Berankis (def. American Sam Querrey) in the second round on Thursday.