Wimbledon 2018 – Dudi Sela beaten in straight sets by Rafael Nadal
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Wimbledon 2018 – Dudi Sela beaten in straight sets by Rafael Nadal

Israeli player falls to comprehensive loss against the world number one on centre court

Dudi Sela is through to the second round at Wimbledon
Dudi Sela is through to the second round at Wimbledon

Dudi Sela’s Wimbledon was ruthlessly ended by Rafael Nadal on Tuesday afternoon.

Israel’s top-ranked player – and their only singles representative – was handed the unenviable task of taking on the world number one – and in truth proved no match for the Spaniard.

Having lost their two previous meetings, with Nadal not dropping a set in either of those matches, the omens weren’t looking good for Sela.

An even start on centre court – the first seven games all went with serve, before Nadal broke in the eighth – and then served it out, with less than half an hour on the clock.

The story of the second set was two more broken service games – Sela’s opener and then with him serving to stay in it at 5-3 – both of which Nadal took to take firm control of the game.

A glimmer of hope was offered to the Israeli as the start of the third – with him breaking Nadal, but any momentum he may have had was taken when he was broken back immediately. Another break, coupled with some spurned break points, saw Nadal take a 5-2 lead, and with Sela serving to stay in the match – he wasn’t able to, as Nadal sealed a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win.

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