Nadal eases past Bellucci in Wimbledon first round


London:   If his opponents imagine Rafael Nadal is a reduced force at Wimbledon because of his poor run of form on clay this summer, the Spaniard reminded them on Tuesday that the weapons which won him two titles are still functioning efficiently.

Nadal needed a routine win to get his game back in shape after crashing out in the French Open quarter-finals against Novak Djokovic, and he got it on day two here, beating the Brazilian left-hander Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 10 minutes on a sweltering day on Court No 1.

Nadal hit with certainty and precision, forcing Bellucci into extended rallies and testing his commitment to the fight. The crowd gave Nadal an extended round of applause for his performance.