Nadal reaches fourth round after hiccup

LONDON Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:27pm IST

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in their men's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in their men's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 28, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal has made a habit this week of giving himself a tough start and in Saturday's third round he again handed the first set to a lowly opponent before imposing himself at Wimbledon.

The French Open champion, still apparently finding his grass court feet after the long claycourt season, moved into the fourth round with a 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 6-1 victory over 63rd-ranked Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin.

Kukushkin, 26, had never won a game at Wimbledon before this year but, with little to lose against the world number one, came out guns blazing, using a big first serve and pounding forehand to keep the Spaniard at bay and win the first-set tiebreak.

But it did not last. As soon as Nadal found his returning rhythm and stepped in to punish Kukushkin's second serve it was one way traffic. The 14-times grand slam champion reached Wimbledon's second week for the first time since 2011 with a forehand winner.

(Reporting by Clare Lovell; editing by Ken Ferris)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Wuhan Open

Wuhan Open

Ill Williams follows seeds out of Wuhan Open.  Full Article 

Light Speech

Light Speech

No hair-dryer treatment as 'fun-Fergie' addresses Ryder Cup team.  Full Article 

Not Fit Enough

Not Fit Enough

Four fall foul of Pakistan's new fitness crackdown.  Full Article 

Confident Westwood

Confident Westwood

European team as strong as it's ever been, says Westwood  Full Article 

Money Matters

Money Matters

United need massive investment on new players, says Neville.  Full Article 

Misfired Stroke

Misfired Stroke

Murray disappointed over Scottish independence Twitter row   Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage