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WATCH: Wimbledon Day 2 highlights - wins for Nadal and Djokovic, defeat for Sharapova

Petra Kvitova crashes out at first hurdle while Dominic Thiem retires hurt

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic began their Wimbledon campaigns in dominating fashion, powering into the second round at the All England Club on Tuesday.

Nadal, bidding to complete a third career French Open/Wimbledon double this year, thumped 127th-ranked Israeli Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 on a sultry Centre Court.

Djokovic, seeking a fourth title at the All England Club, beat Wimbledon debutant Tennys Sandgren of the United States 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 in windy conditions.

Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova lost in the first round for the first time in her career after a 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 defeat by Russian compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko.


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Joining her in exiting the tournament was Czech Petra Kvitova, with the twice Wimbledon champion falling 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.

There were no hiccups for Simona Halep as the top-seeded Romanian eased past Japan's Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-4 while defending champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain began with a 6-2, 7-5 win over British wildcard Naomi Broady.

But Dominic Thiem, French Open final loser to Nadal, retired from his match with Marcos Baghdatis with a back problem.

Updated: July 4, 2018 09:08 AM