Nadal Beats Bellucci In Straight Sets
Rafael Nadal beats Thomaz Bellucci to advance to the second round at Wimbledon
The No. 10 seed hit 21 winners and saved four of the six break points he faced in the two hour, 10-minute match.
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“I think I played okay; played well, played solid,” said Nadal. “I am a little bit more confident now than I was few months ago. [It’s] just day by day for me. Obviously victories help.”
Nadal improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the Brazilian to 5-0 as he advanced to the second round, where he will face Germany’s Dustin Brown.
Last year, the Spaniard lost to then-World No. 114 Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round, the first time a World No. 1 lost to a teenager at a major since Nadal defeated Roger Federer at Roland Garros in 2005.
Nadal warmed up for Wimbledon by winning his second title of 2015 in Stuttgart (d. Troicki) before losing in the first round at Queen’s Club (l. to Dolgopolov).
Earlier, Brown defeated Yen-Hsun Lu 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the second round for the second time. The German’s best showing here was a third-round berth in 2013 (l. to Mannarino).
“It is difficult to think about how the match going to be; he's not a usual player,” Nadal said of his next opponent. “Anything can happen. He beat me last year in Halle. It is little bit different, the surface and everything. He's a tough player. He won today against good opponent. Probably he will come with good confidence. I’m going to try to be ready for it.”