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Rafael Nadal Opens Wimbledon Campaign With a Win


French Open tennis champion Rafael Nadal of Spain and fourth seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia have advanced to the second round of the Wimbledon championships in London.

The second-seeded Nadal scored a 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 win over American Mardy Fish, while Djokovic dismissed Potito Starace of Italy, 6-0, 6-3, 6-4.

Sixth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko knocked out countryman Evgeny Korolev, (7-6, 6-4, 7-6) number seven Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic eliminated Nicolas Massu of Chile (7-6, 6-4, 6-2) and number nine American James Blake topped Russia's Igor Andreev, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Highlighting the women's draw Tuesday, fourth-seeded defending champion Amelie Mauresmo of France needed only 63 minutes to advance past American Jamea Jackson, 6-1, 6-3, while number-two Maria Sharapova of Russia ousted Taiwan's Chan Yung-jan, 6-1, 7-5.

Third-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovich topped Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-2, 6-0, number five Svetlana Kuznetsova rallied to defeat Ukraine's Julia Vakulenko (4-6, 6-4, 6-3). and eighth-seeded Anna Chakvetadze of Russia defeated Angelique Kerber of Germany, (7-5, 6-3).

Tim Henman kept English hopes alive with a five-set marathon win over 25th-seeded Spaniard Carlos Moya (6-3, 1-6, 5-7, 6-2, 13-11). The match was completed Tuesday after being suspended by darkness Monday night at 5-5 in the deciding set. Henman finally prevailed in a lengthy 24-game fifth set on his seventh match point when Moya double faulted.

Other men's seeds winning Tuesday were (10) Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, (11) Tommy Robredo of Spain, (12) Frenchman Richard Gasquet, (14) Russian Mikhail Youzhny, (15) Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia, (16) Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, (19) Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman, (20) Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain, (21) Dmitry Tursunov of Russia, (22) Guillermo Canas of Argentina, (23) David Nalbandian of Argentina and (26) Russia's Marat Safin.

Other women's seeds advancing included (10) Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, (11) Nadia Petrova of Russia, (19) Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik, (23) American Venus Williams, (24) Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine, (26) Ai Sugiyama of Japan, (27) Samantha Stosur of Australia, (30) Russia's Olga Poutchova and (31) Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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