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Rafa Nadal Trounces John Millman at Wimbledon

Also in this section, 21-year-old Karen Khachanov proved the worth of his first Major seeding, at No30, with a hard-fought win over Andrey Kuznetsov, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.”I know it’s a different surface, but that’s not normal, what he did at the French Open“.He’s had a tough run of hip injuries this year – and briefly quit tennis for a job in finance due to an ongoing shoulder problem in 2014 – but he’s played three grass-court tournaments in the past few weeks and looks to be getting back to peak fitness.”I absolutely can’t imagine playing him on clay”.”I am happy with the way I started the season, I’ve been playing well since the beginning and now I have an opportunity to compete well on grass”.”I’ve been lucky enough to have played the big four now”, the Queenslander said.Andy Murray, the man Nadal and the rest of the men are looking to dethrone at the All-England Club, started his defence with a straight sets win over the exciting but raw Alexander Bublik on Centre Court. For me, though, how it matched up, Rafa’s a whole new animal.Millman had pushed two-time Roland Garros semi-finalist Dominic Thiem to five sets at last year’s US Open, but never looked like becoming the fifth straight player ranked outside the top 100 to send Nadal packing from Wimbledon. He reached the third round previous year before falling to eventual champion Andy Murray in straight sets. “That’s the most important thing”, Nadal said after setting up a second-round clash on Wednesday with fellow left-hander Donald Young.”After two years without having much on grass, I have positive feelings and I am happy about how i finished the match”.”I played with passion”. It’s true that what happened with my knees in 2012 was more hard (but) at the same time, it’s true that in 2014 I played a good event when I lost in the fourth round against Nick. I played with determination on what I wanted.