Wimbledon: Nadal passes tricky test against Kukushkin

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios

Elsewhere, Angelique Kerber, a former US Open and Australian Open champion, saw off fellow former Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-3Ex-world number two Zvonareva, one of a number of tennis mums at the tournament and now ranked 142, came through qualifying to make the main draw for the first time since 2014.

No. 2 seed Nadal, a two-time champion, tries to get back to the quarterfinals at the All England Club for the first time since 2011, meeting 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, while No. 12 Djokovic, who's won Wimbledon three times, meets 40th-ranked Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation. "I need my time to think about what to do for the next point, that's all".

It is the second successive year that Nadal has arrived at the All England Club without playing any other grass-court tournaments.

"Look, I'm not completely against it", the Serb said.

"I felt it all the way to the end of the match basically, the last couple of games".

Eight seed Kvitova, who was the bookmakers' favourite to add the 2018 title to her 2011 and 2014 victories, was stunned 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 by unheralded Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, the world number 50.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all will be in action as Week 2 begins.

"I can't say, I don't want this umpire".

Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion and five-time major victor, returns to the tournament for the first time since 2015.

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany also advanced, beating James Duckworth of Australia 7-5, 6-2, 6-0.

Sharapova lost the first round fixture in three sets.

67 - Consecutive service games won at Wimbledon by Federer, a streak that dates to last year's semifinals. Their second-round match was halted by rain on Wednesday with Fabbiano leading 7-6 (7), 6-3, 5-6.

Three-time victor Djokovic starts against Tennys Sandgren of the United States, returning to the tournament which ended in an injury-enforced quarter-final withdrawal 12 months ago.

World number one Nadal is routinely warned for slow play between points.

Matthew Ebden upset 10th-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in just 1 hour, 33 minutes to earn his first win over a top-10 ranked player at a Grand Slam.

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