Rafael Nadal has successfully qualified for the second round of Wimbledon. The 22-time Grand Slam winner needed four sets against the Argentinian Francisco Cerúndolo: 6-4, 6-3, 3-6 and 6-4.
In the first 2.5 set there was no problem for second placed Nadal. Only when the second-seeded Spaniard gave up a break lead in the third set and was broken again moments later, Cerúndolo (ATP-41) started to believe in a stunt.
In the fourth set, Nadal cleared a 4-2 deficit and even escaped a double break. However, the two-time Wimbledon champion did not let it come to a fifth set and won the last four games of the 3.5-hour game.
Nadal took the title in London in 2008 and 2010, but since then his performance has been mixed. Last year he did not participate in the London grass tournament.
For the 36-year-old Nadal it was also unclear this year whether he could participate in Wimbledon. At the beginning of this month, he confessed at Roland Garros that he had played with a numb foot for two weeks.
In Paris, Nadal, who also won the Australian Open earlier this year, captured his 22nd Grand Slam title. He made it clear that he had no intention of playing with injections again at Wimbledon.