London: World number one Rafael Nadal breezed into the Wimbledon second round on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Israel’s Dudi Sela as the Spaniard returned to action for the first time since claiming his 11th French Open title. Nadal, the Wimbledon champion in 2008 and 2010, also managed to avoid falling victim to a player ranked outside the world top 100 for what would have been the fifth time in his last six visits to the All England Club. Nadal has not got past the fourth round since finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2011.
Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro made it nine first-round wins in nine appearances at the tournament, breezing past Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. Del Potro next faces Feliciano Lopez of Spain who on Tuesday set a record of playing 66 consecutive Grand Slams when he beat Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Lopez made his Slam debut at the 2001 French Open and broke the record held by Federer.