World number one Nadal won the principal match he has played since June’s French Open triumph, beating Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-3 6-3 6-2. Djokovic demonstrated a portion of the frame that took him to the Queen’s last in a 6-3 6-1 6-2 prevail upon Tennys Sandgren.
Nadal next faces Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin, while Djokovic plays Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos. Previous champions Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova were among the greatest names to be thumped out significantly on the second day of Wimbledon.
Sharapova, the 2004 champion, was outflanked by kindred Russian Vitalia Diatchenko in a three-set fight. Kvitova likewise lost in three sets to world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich. In the men’s singles matches, as well, there were a couple of huge bombshells in the first round with top-10 seeds Dominic Thiem and Belgium’s David Goffin bowing out.
Spain’s Feliciano Lopez broke Roger Federer’s record for back to back Grand Slam appearances when he began his 66th major consecutively at Wimbledon.