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Rafael Nadal Beats Thomaz Bellucci In 3 Sets At Wimbledon

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Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after winning a first round men's singles match against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after winning a first round men's singles match against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

WIMBLEDON, England — Rafael Nadal lost the first four games of his first-round match at Wimbledon before turning things around against Thomaz Bellucci, beating the Brazilian 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-3.

Just like defending women's champion Petra Kvitova in the match before him, Nadal had a shaky start Tuesday on Centre Court. He was two points away from going down 5-0 in the first set, but Bellucci netted an overhead backhand at 30-15 and Nadal went on to break for 4-1 to start the comeback. He won the next three games to make it 4-4 and Bellucci then self-destructed in the tiebreaker, making several unforced errors.

The two-time champion was hardly troubled after that and served out the match with an ace.

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