Wimbledon: Nadal passes tricky test against Kukushkin

Rafael Nadal

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However, veteran umpire Carlos Bernardes issued a warning to the 17-time Grand Slam title victor who was still sitting on his courtside chair.

Bernardes called time for the end of the warm-up on Centre Court but Nadal hit four more serves before walking to his chair.

Despite that freaky argument, Nadal insists he does not have a personal issue with the veteran umpire.

Nadal set up a third round encounter against Australian teenager Alex de Minaur after getting the better of Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday.

"For me personally that was disrespectful", he said. Not because of time violation.

"I have no problems with him". Yeah, I accepted. That's all.

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"I do my best to be quick".

Within seconds he added with a smile: "I'm happy whatever they say, as long as it is "game" and my name and not "game" and the other (person's) name".

Wawrinka, whose ranking has fallen to 224th following knee surgery, came from a set down to upset sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the first round for just his second Grand Slam victory since last year's Wimbledon.

Dominic Inglot and Franko Skugor came through to win 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 6-2 in five sets against Fernando Gonzalez and Marcelo Demoliner.

The Croatian, who lost to Roger Federer in last year's final, was cantering to victory on Wednesday evening, before rain stopped play, taking the first two sets 6-3 6-1 on Court 1.

Djokovic beat Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-1 6-2 6-3 to reach the last 31 for the 10th consecutive year.

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The world number 133 is in the third round for the first time after winning back-to-back matches on the main tour for only the second time in 2018.

Asked if he had any doubts about being fit for Wimbledon's third round, Queen's Club runner-up Djokovic said: "No". It affected my knee a little bit.

Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro swept past Feliciano Lopez 6-4 6-1 6-2 in less than two hours, teeing up a clash with France's Benoit Paire, who beat 26th seed Denis Shapovalov 0-6 6-2 6-4 7-6 (7/3). Another ace, her 12th, gave her match point and a 13th the match.

Stan Wawrinka also exited, losing to Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 7-6 (7) 6-3 7-6 (6).

In the men's tournament, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev completed another excellent comeback to reach the third round.

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