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Rafael Nadal wins Wimbledon opener

Updated: June 21, 2011, 2:39 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

WIMBLEDON, England -- Rafael Nadal opened his Wimbledon title defense with a convincing victory Monday, beating Michael Russell 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 on a "fantastic" day while his parents watched from the Royal Box.

In keeping with tradition, the defending men's champion played the first match on Centre Court at the All England Club -- and the top-ranked Spaniard put on a worthy performance to begin the 125th edition of the championships.

Nadal, coming off his sixth French Open title and ...

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