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Result: Rafael Nadal battles through to Wimbledon third round

Result: Nadal battles through to Wimbledon last 32
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Rafael Nadal earns a place in the third round at Wimbledon courtesy of an hard-earned straight-sets win over Mikhail Kukushkin.

Rafael Nadal has moved through to the Wimbledon third round with victory over Mikhail Kukushkin.

The world number one prevailed by a 6-4 6-3 6-4 scoreline but that did not tell the whole story as Kukushkin impressed on Centre Court.

Nadal struck five times on the Kazakh's serve but it was a case of missed opportunities for Kukushkin, who only took two of his 13 opportunities on the Spaniard's delivery.

Two-time winner Nadal now progresses through to face Australian youngster Alex de Minaur, who needed four sets to get the better of Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Elsewhere, Novak Djokovic booked his spot in the last 32 with a win over Horacio Zeballos.

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