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Rafael Nadal - Michael Russell Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SpainR Nadal666--
United StatesM Russell422--

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  1. - - Next up for defending champ Nadla will be either American Ryan Sweeting or compatriot Pablo Andujar. Click here for the full men's drawsheet

  2. - - NADAL 6-4 6-2 6-2 - GAME, SET & MATCH - Russell gets a chuckle from the crowd after challenging what was called as an ace on a first match point. The American uses hawkeye to keep the match going just a little longer as he was right. But he cannot save it a second time around as he hits a backhand passing shot into the net.

  3. - - NADAL 6-4 6-2 5-2 - Nadal tries a diving forehand volley but can only hit into the bottom of the net, helping Russell to hold to 15, and leaving the Spaniard the chance to serve out the match after the change of ends

  4. - - NADAL 6-4 6-2 5-1 - Ace number four from Nadal for the afternoon sees him hold to 30 to leave Russell serving to stay in the match ...

  5. - - NADAL 6-4 6-2 4-1 - BREAK - The pressure it's telling on Russell now as he slaps down a double fault before Nadal goes on to break for a second time with a cross court forehand winner into the open court after pushing the American wide

  6. - - NADAL 6-4 6-2 3-1 - Nadal has been impressive on serve since the middle of that first set, and he posts another comfortable service hold, making a rare foray into the net for a backhand volley winner in the process

  7. - - NADAL 6-4 6-2 2-1 - Great scrambling from Nadal as he eventually finds a cross court forehand winner with his back to that part of the court, after pushing Russell wide across court. That levels the score at deuce but Russell goes on to hold with consecutive forehand volley winners

  8. - - NADAL 6-4 6-2 2-0 - Nadal races through another love service hold to consolidate his early break in this third set. Russell doesn't look like he has anything left and this could be a very speedy third set

  9. - - NADAL 6-4 6-2 1-0 - BREAK - A forehand error from Russell, who is looking well and truly beaten now, hands Nadal an early break in this third set. It's all the Spaniard now

  10. - - NADAL 6-4 6-2 - SET - Nadal has one foot in the second round now as he breaks once again to take the second set. After a stuttering opening six games, the Spaniard has looked incredibly comfortable

  11. - - NADAL 6-4 5-2 - Nadal leaves himself just one game away from a two sets to love lead as rattles an off-forehand passing shot winner across court to hold. Russell will have to serve to stay in this second set after the change of ends

  12. - - NADAL 6-4 4-2 - BREAK - A mis-hit backhand return from Russell down the line beats Nadal for pace and earns the American a break back point. And he gets it returning two smashes, that Nadal could and should have done better with, before getting up to a drop shot and returning with a backhand drop shot winner of his own. Even Uncle Toni is warmly applauding that point, probably happy in the knowledge that Russell remains a break down

  13. - - NADAL 6-4 4-1 - BREAK - Nadal storms into the net before burying a forehand volley into the baseline to earn himself another break point. Russell delights the crowd as he dives down to a forehand volley which he returns over the net. He's quickly up on to his feet and even produces a second dive, this time towards a backhand volley. But he can only hit into the net this time and Nadal has his double break in this second set

  14. - - NADAL 6-4 3-1 - Another love service hold from Nadal keeps him firmly in control of this match, Russell hitting a forehand return of serve into the net to concede the game

  15. - - NADAL 6-4 2-1 - Great hold from Russell as he produces a solid serve that Nadal can only just get back into play, allowing for the easy forehand winner from the American, who remains just the one breka down

  16. - - NADAL 6-4 2-0 - Nadal races through another service hold, despite throwing in a double fault, to consolidate his break lead in this set. The world number one is looking very comfortable now

  17. - - NADAL 6-4 1-0 - BREAK - Nadal has well and truly found his range now as he earns himself a break point with another forehand winner rattled down the line. Russell immediately drops his serve with a backhand approach shot into the net and that's a fifth straight game for the Spaniard

  18. - - NADAL 6-4 - SET - Nadal finds his first love game of the match, Russell failing to return a forehand in play, and the defending champion has taken four straight games to wrap up the first set in 42 minutes

  19. - - NADAL 5-4 - BREAK - Self-inflicted wounds for Russell as he works his way into the net only to hit a forehand long of the baseline across court, attempting to keep Nadal back behind the baseline. It's a break to the Spaniard though and he will serve for the first set after the change of ends

  20. - - NADAL 4-4 - We truly are back on level terns now as Nadal finds a forehand winner at 99 miles per hour to leave Russell stranded. Important game coming up for Russell now as he serves at four all

  21. - - NADAL 3-4 - BREAK - An instant reaction from Nadal as he earns himself with a break back point with a cross court backhand that a diving Russell can only return into the net. And the top seed does get things back on serve with a forehand winner riffled down the line! We're back on serve

  22. - - NADAL 2-4 - BREAK - Well, well! A wonderful backhand half volley just dinked over the net from Ruseell earns him another break point and he is gifted the lead by Nadal, the Spaniard slapping down a double fault to concede his serve. The crowd aren't sure what to make of that and there's a stunned silence on Centre Court right now

  23. - - NADAL 2-3 - A comfortable game for Russell as he sneaks out in front, on serve, once again. Nadal still does not look completely like he has found his feet just yet

  24. - - NADAL 2-2 - Much better from the world number one on serve as he comes through a second hold without facing a break point, a huge off-forehand across court doing the damage as Russell fails to get to it in time and can only hit into the net on full stretch

  25. - - NADAL 1-2 - Russell does well to save a break point, as Nadal begins to find his feet. The American comes up with a couple of big serves when it really matters though and goes on to hold when Nadal can only return wide across court off the backhand wing

  26. - - NADAL 1-1 - Nadal has made a tentative start to this clash as he quickly finds himself a break point down after a forehand error. He levels at deuce however with a great first serve and emphatic forehand winner across court from right up at the net. And the Spaniard goes on to hold, getting slightly lucky when Russell fails to get a forehand volley over the net after a powerfully hit cross court backhand from Nadal

  27. - - NADAL 0-1 - Russell finds himself inside the tramlines, hitting a forehand long to hand Nadal the first point of the match. He recovers briefly before Nadal whips a forehand passing shot across court to level at 30 all. A forehand into the net across court and an off forehand wide across court hand the American the opening hold from there though

  28. - - Nadal is, as usual, bouncing around on his toes as he waits to come out on to Centre Court to rapturous applause. The Spaniard is looking like he means business today against American 33-year-old Russell

Rafael Nadal

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 03/06/1986
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg

Michael Russell

Nationality USA
Date of Birth 01/05/1978
Height 1.73 m
Weight 70 kg

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