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Rafael Nadal defeats Kei Nishikori in Wimbledon first round

 Wimbledon 2010

Wimbledon, London
June 22, 2010 

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal began his Wimbledon 2010 campaign defeating Wild card entrant Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets on Centre Court. Nadal who won the Wimbledon title in 2008 has missed the last year's tournament with a knee tendinitis. Nadal is in top form winning the French Open title earlier this month and replaced Roger Federer as the World No. 1.

Nadal lost serve only once and committed just 16 unforced errors. He won the first set breaking Nishikori's serve twice. Nadal continued the momentum in the second set getting a break early for 2-0. He took the second set 6-4. Breaks were exchanged in the third set, but Nadal took the seventh game and then went on to serve for the match.

Nadal will next play Robin Haase for a place in the third round. Haase, ranked No. 151 in the world defeated American James Blake 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

Match Statistics

Rafael NadalKei Nishikori
1st Serve %54 of 78 = 69%66 of 105 = 63%
Aces84
Double Faults38
Unforced Errors1635
Winning % on 1st Serve44 of 54 = 81%47 of 66 = 71%
Winning % on 2nd Serve13 of 24 = 54%13 of 39 = 33%
Winners (Including Service)4533
Receiving Points Won45 of 113 = 40%21 of 81 = 26%
Break Point Conversions5 of 13 = 38%1 of 3 = 33%
Net Approaches15 of 24 = 63%20 of 26 = 77%
Total Points Won10281
Fastest Serve Speed 126 MPH124 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 115 MPH112 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 90 MPH97 MPH

Player Quotes

Rafael Nadal
"For me it was very special to come back to the nicest centre court in world,"
"To be here is unbelievable, I worked so hard to come back.
"The crowd here are always amazing so I want to thank them very much, they make me feel like I'm at home all time. It's amazing to come back.
"It's a difficult change when you come off the clay and it takes time to adapt to the grass, but I love this surface. It's not easy for my game but I've done well here and I'm going to try my best again this year."

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