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Wimbledon 2018, Men's Singles, Round 2: Rafael Nadal vs Mikhail Kukushkin, Live Match Updates

Nadal def Kukushkin 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to enter the third round.
Updated: 05 July 2018 20:10 IST - Published: 05 July 2018 16:48 IST
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Nadal wasn't at his best at all. But he was able to lift his game at the crunch moments and complete the win in straight sets.
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Final score: Nadal def Kukushkin 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to enter the third round.
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And Rafa completes the win!!!!!!!
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Nadal relentlessly kept moving Kukushkin from side to side. And he gets the BREAK!!!!!

Rafa is up 5-4 and will serve for the match!!
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What a backhand down the line from the Kazakh!
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Unforced errors from Kukushkin gift Nadal a couple of break points.
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Nadal responds with a hold to 15.

It is 4-4
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And there is no break of serve after that early exchange.

Kukushkin held his serve and now leads 4-3
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Rafa wasn't at his best during his service game but he still played at a decent level to hold his serve.

3-3
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And it's a tame surrender from Kukushkin after that brilliant game.

Rafa BREAKS and will now serve for 3-3
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Kukushkin is up 3-1 now
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An incredible second serve ace from Rafa SAVES it. But the Kazakh gets yet another break point, which he CONVERTS!!!!
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And Nadal is in trouble here!

Faces two break points here
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Kukushkin holds his serve and leads 2-1 in this set.
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And Rafa eventually HOLDS!!!!


It is 1-1
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It is Deuce No. 6

Rafa just can't close it out!
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Brilliant serve from Rafa!

Deuce again !
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And Kukushkin won't give up either.

With two blistering forehands, he carves out a break point.
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After 3 deuces, Nadal finds a second serve ace.
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Nadal is struggling on his serve after Kukushkin held his serve to begin Set 3.
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Nadal is now up 6-4, 6-3
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Kukushkin's forehand breaks down and the second set goes to Nadal!!!!
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Kukushkin sent a forehand long!

It's all about fine margins!

30-30

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Some fantastic returns from the Kazakh make it 30-15 on the Nadal serve.
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After Nadal held his serve to love, Kukushkin too did the same.

The former champion will now serve for the set at 5-3.
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The Kazakh held his serve and now trails Rafa 2-4
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It is deuce on the Kukushkin serve. Can Nadal earn a second break of serve?
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And Rafa consolidated that break effortlessly.

He is up 4-1.

Surely in control of this set?
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Kukushkin came up with two good serves and saved those break points, but he could not save a third one.

Nadal BREAKS!


He is up 3-1
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Nadal held his next service game and is now putting pressure on the Kukushkin serve.

Has two break points. Can he break?
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Both start the second set with service holds.

It is 1-1
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Kukushkin hits the net on Nadal's second set point and gifts the first set to Nadal.


Rafa takes the first set 6-4
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And Nadal returns the favour.


He makes a backhand unforced error on set point.
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And he now throws in a double fault as well, to make Nadal's work easier.
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Kukushkin is now targeting the lines and is consistently missing them.
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Finally, an easy service game for Nadal.

He holds his service to love and jumps ahead to 5-4
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And he holds to draw level yet again.

4-4
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With a great forehand, Kukushkin gets to game point.

40-30
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Rafa is now attacking the Kukushkin backhand.
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Rafa has averted danger and has HELD his serve.

He leads 4-3 now.
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Rafa is still struggling with his rhythm. He faces yet another break point.
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And Kukushkin HOLDS!!

It is 3-3
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The Kazakh is cruising on his serve now.

40-0 up
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Kukushkin will now serve to level it up at 3-3
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And Nadal gets BROKEN!!!!!
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Now Rafa faces a break point!
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Kukushkin managed to hold his serve and that has pretty much emboldened him.

He is trailing 1-3 but is up 30-15 on the Rafa serve.
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Can he make in-roads into the Kazakh's serve for the second straight time?
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And Rafa looks stronger than ever now. Up 30-15 on the Kukushkin serve again.