Nadal wins 1st round

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Rafael Nadal, the young king of clay, hardly appeared to be a one-surface wonder as he beat Vince Spadea of the United States 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.

Nadal wins 1st round

London:

Rafael Nadal, the young king of clay, hardly appeared to be a one-surface wonder as he beat Vince Spadea of the United States 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 in the first round at Wimbledon. Sporting his customary trousers but switching to a white shirt in honour of the tournament's conservative dress code, Nadal won the favour of the Centre Court crowd and earned his first victory since becoming the French Open champion two weeks earlier. It was just Nadal's fifth match on grass. "It turned out to be a little bit easier than I expected," the Spaniard said in broken but improving English. "I served very good today, and that's important for my game. I am happy with my forehand, because on grass sometimes, I don't play very well with the forehand." Seeded fourth, Nadal is trying to become the first man to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year since Bjorn Borg in 1980. Roland Garros champion Justine Henin-Hardenne showed just how hard it is to pull off such a sweep, losing in the first round to Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 7-6 (10/8), 2-6, 7-5 yesterday. (AP)



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