Nadal survives scare

RAFAEL NADAL survived a major scare against unheralded Robin Haase to progress into the third round of Wimbledon with a 5-7 6-2 3-6 6-0 6-3 victory.

Facing a player positioned 150 places lower than him in the world rankings, at 151st, Nadal took a battering in a one-sided third set that hinted at a sensational upset.

But the 23-year-old’s otherwise outstanding serve fell apart in the fourth set and Nadal capitalised and never relinquished control.

Andy Murray gave the home crowd – including Britain’s Queen Elizabeth – a home victory to savour on her first Wimbledon visit in 33 years as he demolished Jarkko Nieminen 6-3 6-4 6-2 to reach the third round.

The monarch was watching her first match on Centre Court since Virginia Wade won the women’s singles title in 1977.

On any other day at Wimbledon, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s five-set victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov would have been described as an epic. But, in the shadow of Isner and Mahut’s extraordinary encounter, the 10th seed’s 6-4 6-4 5-7 5-7 10-8 triumph seemed tame in comparison.

Sixth seed Robin Soderling continued his impressive start to the competition with a straight-sets victory over Spain’s Marcel Granollers 7-5 6-1 6-4.

The Swede will now face Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci who be Martin Fischer. German Tobias Kamke will face Tsonga after beating Italy’s Andreas Seppi in four sets, while 32nd seed Julien Benneteau beat German Andreas Beck in four sets.

In the women’s competition, 2004 champion Maria Sharapova booked her place in the third round of Wimbledon with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Romanian Ioana Raluca Olaru.

Reigning champion Serena Williams was in regal form with a 6-0 6-1 destruction of Anna Chakvetadze.

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