Second seed Rafael Nadal was up against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin on a day when rain delayed the proceedings at Wimbledon. Nadal was taken by surprise as the Kazakh rallied to win the first set 7-6. (Source: AP)
Kukushkin held three set points at 6-3 in the tiebreaker, Nadal got one back with his second ace of the tiebreaker. But Kukushkin took the first set when Nadal's backhand went long.
Nadal appeared tired as Kazhak made him toil hard in the first set which the latter took 7-6 after a tie breaker. (Source: Reuters)
Kukushkin, 26, had never won a game at Wimbledon before this year. came out guns blazing, using a big first serve and strong forehand to keep Nadal at bay In the first set (Source: AP)
In the second set, the world no. 1 got back to his rhythm and stepped in to punish Kukushkin's second serve and then it was all one way traffic. (Source: AP)
Nadal did not let the 63rd ranked Kazakh bank on his big forehand and kept him at bay winning the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sets all by a 6-1 scoreline. (Source: Reuters)