Tennis Today: Rafael Nadal talks World Cup heartbreak & Caroline Wozniacki has a terrible memory
Here’s your daily wrap as Rafael Nadal talks football heartbreak.
What’s on the site?
Wow… what’s not on the site?!
The World Cup continues to thrill the planet in Russia, mainly due to it being more open than any other tournament in history. But can you remember the year when Wimbledon was just as brilliantly bonkers?
Fear not if you can’t, because we’ve recalled it for you.
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Wimbledon day two results
Good starts for Johanna Konta and Australian duo
Juan Martin del Potro and Bernard Tomic progress
Kyle Edmund and Alexander Zverev make dominant starts
Rafael Nadal safely through but Dominic Thiem limps out
Petra Kvitova makes surprise exit but Garbine Muguruza through
Maria Sharapova stunned, Simona Halep superb
Novk Djokovic fumes despite first round win
What’s in the news
Rafael Nadal made a successful start to his Wimbledon campaign, but he admits that his mind was still coping with Spain’s World Cup heartbreak.
The Spanish were dumped out of the tournament by hosts Russia on penalties over the weekend, and Nadal has opened up about it.
“I’m still enjoying the World Cup,” he said. “I watched two great matches yesterday. I’m going to watch this beautiful match at 7 (England’s dramatic win over Colombia) this evening. World Cup continues without us.
“That’s the sport. Probably is sad to say, but if we are not there is because we didn’t make the things well enough to be there.
“In the sport, in the highest level of the sport, when you play well, even playing very well you can lose, without playing well the chances to win are less. In that case, was not the best match for us.”
Staying with Nadal, there has been a lot of reminiscing this week about the 2008 Wimbledon final between the Spaniard and Roger Federer. It was unforgettable, right?
Well, not if you’re Caroline Wozniacki, as it turns out.
“To be honest, I don’t remember too much about it,’ Wozniacki said.
“Was that the year when Rafa was 1 and Roger was 2, they switched the seedings, then Rafa ended up winning the tournament?”
Well, yes, Caroline, but that’s still not really good enough!
What’s on social media
Andre Agassi appears to be enjoying his visit to Wimbledon.
As is former champ Marion Bartolli.
Wimbledon reveals Serena’s career plans.
Juan Martin del Potro give Wimbledon THAT look.
Wimbledon reveal their ethos. We approve.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2018
And Goran Ivanisevic reveals his memories.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2018
What’s on TV
ATP and WTA Wimbledon
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LIVE – BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
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