Rafael Nadal has progressed to Wimbledon’s third round after beating Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4.
The two-time Wimbledon winner was penalised for time wasting during the second set, as he took too long to change his outfit. The Spaniard objected in a statement and said that Wimbledon does not have a count down watch, like the ones found in other Grand Slam competitions, which makes it more difficult for the players to keep an eye on the time.
Nadal is up against 19-year-old Australian, Alex de Minaur, who managed to surpass Pierre-Hugues Herbert by three sets to nil to reach the third round in his first ever Wimbledon campaign. The shock of the Round of 64 came from Croatia’s Marin Cilic, who lost a two-set lead against Guido Pella in a game that was postponed because of the rain. The 28-year-old Argentine came back stronger and managed to capitalise on the errors made by last year’s finalist, to win the Court One game in three hours and 13 minutes: 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-7 and 7-5.
Novak Djokovic has joined his fellow tournament favourites in the next round after beating Argentina’s Zeballos 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3. The three-time Wimbledon winner appeared to have picked up a muscle injury in his left hamstring, but later confirmed that there is nothing to worry about. Djokobvic is up against Kyle Edmund, the last British player left in the tournament.