'Hearing that from Rafael Nadal is...', says star

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'Hearing that from Rafael Nadal is...', says star

World number one Iga Swiatek admitted she was motivated to make quick work of Croatian qualifier Janna Fett as she didn't want Rafael Nadal to wait too long. On Tuesday, Swiatek opened play on Center Court at 1:30 p.m. local time.

For 03:30 pm local time, the match between Nadal and Francisco Cerúndolo was scheduled. It took Swiatek just over an hour to beat Fett and Nadal started his match on time. "It's true," Swiatek replied, according to Tennishead.

"Let's do it fast. Basically it's a great privilege that they chose me as the one in charge of opening [Center Court]. It was not obvious, because obviously Ash would open if he was here. There are many great champions in the tournament.

I'm very happy to have put in a good game and a good performance." Swiatek, seeded first at the Championships, began her Wimbledon campaign with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Fett. Going into the match, Swiatek was the absolute favourite, but she had no matches on the surface.

On the other hand, Fett was well-suited to grass, having played three qualifying matches last week. Still, Swiatek got away with a fairly routine and dominant victory. Swiatek started the match very quickly, breaking Fett three times in the first set to leave the Croatian player eliminated.

After winning the first set with ease, Swiatek got off to a slow start in the second as he was broken in the first game of the set. Swiatek returned the break to Fett in game two to tie the second set at one game apiece, but Fett broke again in game three to take a 2–1 lead.

Rafa Nadal is a global icon

Speaking at his second round post-match press conference, Rafael Nadal praised Gauff for her maturity and predicted that she would win several Grand Slam titles in her career. “They mean a lot to me.

Rafa is one of the greatest in this sport, if not the greatest. I see him in the players' area, he's very nice. He always intimidates me because he is Rafa. I remember that at Roland Garros he slapped me on the shoulder and said: 'Good job'

I answered him when he had already passed the corridor because I was shocked,” Coco Gauff said. “He is one of the best players. We see each other every week, but he continues to impress. Like with Nole, Roger, Serena or Venus. Hearing that from him is great, I hope to live up to expectations,” she added.