Posted June 26, 2012 on AP on Fox
Rafael Nadal lost the first four games of his first-round match at Wimbledon before turning things around against Thomaz Bellucci, beating the Brazilian 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-3. Just like defending women's champion Petra Kvitova in the match before him, Nadal had a shaky start on Centre Court. He was two points away from going down 5-0 in the first set, but Bellucci netted an overhead backhand at 30-15 and Nadal went on to break for 4-1 to start the comeback. He won the next three games to make it 4-4 and Bellucci then self-destructed in the tiebreaker, making several unforced errors. The two-time champion was hardly troubled after that and served out the match with an ace.

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Tennis for the past decade has been dominated by three players, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, which each having their own strings of utter dominance during the period. Wimbledon is no different. Centre Court used to be Roger’s house, but the torch has been passed subsequently to Rafa, and now Novak. It’s unlikely that another player has what it takes to get...
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