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Rafael Nadal vs Felix Auger-Aliassime LIVE: Latest tennis scores and updates from Hurlingham Club



Nadal and Djokovic make grass court return in Hurlingham

Follow live scores and updates as Rafael Nadal faces Felix Auger-Aliassime in an exhibition match in the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic this afternoon, as the 22-time grand slam champion steps up his Wimbledon preparations. Nadal will take to the court in west London just hours after the main draw for the Championships was made at the All England Club. The Spaniard, who is seeded second for the tournament, was put in the bottom half of the draw and faces Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo in the opening round.

Nadal received a harder draw than top seed Novak Djokovic and could actually face today’s opponent Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-finals. The Canadian, who is seeded sixth, was handed one of the tougher opening matches against the unseeded but dangerous serve-and-volley player Maxime Cressy, while Matteo Berrettini and Stefanos Tsitsipas also landed in their half of the draw.

Nadal returned to grass for the first time in three years on Wednesday as he took down Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3. The 37-year-old looked sharp in dismissing the three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka and showed no signs of the foot problems that put his participation at Wimbledon in doubt. Auger-Aliassime, meanwhile, will look to improve after he was thrashed by Novak Djokovic in the other match of the day. Nadal was pushed to five sets by Auger-Aliassime in their last meeting at the French Open last month.

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Nadal* 1-1 Auger-Aliassime

The sunshine is trying to break through the greyish clouds and there’s a bit a wind around the court.

Nadal fizzes a serve down the centre line and Auger-Aliassime does well to chip a backhanded effort over the net. Nadal has time to run around the ball and prepare for a forehand smash but he smokes it into the net trying to go back across court.

Michael Jones24 June 2022 14:56

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Nadal 1-1 Auger-Aliassime*

Very nice! Needing just a point to win the game Auger-Aliassime is drawn into a rally when Nadal camped on the baseline. The Spaniard utlisies his forehand but the Canadian steps up to the net and volleys one into the turf to claim the win.

Michael Jones24 June 2022 14:54

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Nadal 1-0 Auger-Aliassime*

Solid start from Felix Auger-Aliassime as he welcomes Nadal to his service game with consecutive aces! 30-0.

When Rafa does get his return back he hooks it over the back of court and out of play.

Michael Jones24 June 2022 14:52

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Nadal* 1-0 Auger-Aliassime

Nadal looks it good touch. At 40-0 up he faults on his first serve and allows Auger-Aliassime to return the second serve to the baseline. Nadal drops back and rolls his wrist over a strike down the line to win the point and the game.

Michael Jones24 June 2022 14:51

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Nadal* 0-0 Auger-Aliassime

Here we go. Rafael Nadal is serving the first game of the first set. He sends his serve to Felix Auger-Aliassime’s right hand then follows it up with a shot to the other side of court. The Canadian sprints across to return and Nadal drops short. Another dart across court for the 21-year-old sees him stretch for the ball but he isn’t able to lift it over the net.

Michael Jones24 June 2022 14:49

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Nadal vs Auger-Aliassime

The court side announcer reads out the player’s profiles and explains that Hurlingham is the only grass court warm-up Nadal is doing before Wimbledon.

He waves to the crowd as she says this and they respond with cheers for the French Open champion.

Michael Jones24 June 2022 14:45

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Nadal vs Auger-Aliassime

Here come the players. The last two days at Hurlingham Club have been played under bright skies with blazing sunshine but the conditions are a little bit more overcast this afternoon.

It’s another packed house as the fans have come in to watch Nadal play. There’ll be a few Felix Auger-Aliassime supporters out there as well.

The pre-match photo is taken and the two players start to warm up.

Michael Jones24 June 2022 14:40

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Nadal vs Auger-Aliassime

Rafael Nadal’s odds of adding the Wimbledon title to his 2022 Australian and French Open victories have dropped since the draw came out and placed him in the bottom half with players of quality like Matteo Berrettini, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Still, the 36-year-old will be feeling upbeat about his chances. He’s had a fantastic year and will want it to continue at the All England Club.

Today’s exhibition match will go a little way to seeing how he’ll cope on the grass courts. His return against Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday was encouraging but Auger-Aliassime is a step up.

Michael Jones24 June 2022 14:36

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Marta Kostyuk: ‘I stand with Wimbledon in its decision to ban Russian players’

Marta Kostyuk says Ukraine is grateful to Wimbledon and England for its support in the war with Russia and has expressed her relief the third major of the year has not been hit by boycotts.

The All England Club’s decision in April to ban Russian and Belarussian players from competing at the Championships sparked criticism in some quarters and eventually saw the ATP and WTA strip ranking points from the tournament.

Naomi Osaka was one high-profile figure who suggested she could skip Wimbledon and while she is absent due to injury, the world’s best will be at SW19 despite initial fears it could become akin to an exhibition event.

Michael Jones24 June 2022 14:30

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Rafael Nadal says Hurlingham Club exhibition matches are ‘perfect’ preparation for Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal played his first grasscourt match in three years on Wednesday and the Spaniard says a couple of exhibition games at the Hurlingham Club is the perfect preparation for Wimbledon, where he will bid for a third straight grand slam this season.

Nadal won the Australian and French Opens back-to-back for the first time and a win at Wimbledon, where the main draw kicks off on Monday, will take him a step closer to becoming the first man to win all four majors in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969.

The Spaniard, who had not played a competitive match on grass since his 2019 semi-final loss at Wimbledon to Roger Federer, beat Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 on Wednesday and said it was good to get the feel of the surface again.

Michael Jones24 June 2022 14:25

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