SW19 Day 4 Recap (Men’s Singles): Nadal, Djokovic Advance As Cilic, Wawrinka Crash Out

World number one Rafael Nadal is through to the third round at this year’s Wimbledon Open following his straight sets win over Mikhail Kukushin of Kazakhstan.

The Spaniard defeated Kukushin 6-4 6-3 6-4 in 2 hours and 23 minutes despite receiving a penalty for time violation at the end of the second set.

Nadal later found out he was also given one for overshooting the warm-up.

Addressing the issue after his win, the second seed said: “I don’t see a watch here. I don’t see that countdown.”

“It’s more difficult for me to understand what’s going on. In Australia and Roland Garros, we have the watch here that we can manage to be under control.” He added.

Rafael Nadal has had several classes with the umpire in charge of the second round clash, Carlos Bernardes, and that didn’t stop him from ruling that he had taken too long with his clothing once again.

Speaking further at a news conference after the win, he said: “You know, I know I had to take the wristband, T-shirt, bandana out, change everything.”

“Probably I should go to the toilet. If I go to the toilet, I had plenty of time to change everything without the time violation. I decided to stay on the chair.” He stated.

When asked about the umpire Carlos Bernades, Nadal said he does not have any personal problem with him.

The two-time Wimbledon champion had previously asked for Bernades to not take charge of his matches on court.

In his words, Nadal said: “I can’t say, I don’t want this umpire.”

“I just can ask if I believe that somebody’s not doing the things fair with me or was not respectful for me, I just can ask if is possible to have another umpire.

“It is something that happened in the past. It is about what happened in Rio de Janeiro a couple years ago. For me personally it was disrespectful.

“It is not about the time. It is not about this kind of stuff. It is about the problem that I had with him in the past. It’s about that bad moment. That’s all. No problems with him. I respect when I am slow, accept the warnings.” He concluded.

The 32-year-old man will now face Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the third round.

Former world number one Novak Djokovic has also advanced into the third round following his 6-1 6-2 6-3 victory over Horacio Ceballos of Argentina in their second round clash on Thursday.

The Serbian will face home favourite Kyle Edmund in the last 32 after the British player defeated American qualifier Bradley Klahn 6-3 7-6 (7-0) 6-2 to reach this stage at SW19 for the first time.

Last year’s finalist Marin Cilic has, however, been eliminated from the tournament after he surprisingly lost¬†3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 win.

The Croat was in full control on Wednesday evening before rain forced play to be concluded on Thursday.

Argentine Pella forced a fourth set on resumption before taking the deciding and final set.

After his shock win, Pella told BBC Sport that: “The rain coming helped me a lot.”

“Yesterday he was playing so, so well and I couldn’t do anything.

“Today, I started to play more aggressively and fight for every ball and that is why I won. Grass isn’t my favourite surface but I started to feel more confident and served a lot better.” The 28-year-old added.

He will play another last 32 debutant, American world number 103 Mackenzie Mcdonald.

On the upcoming clash with McDonald, Pella said: “Every time you win a match in a Grand Slam it is a good feeling.”

“Tomorrow is a different match and we will both have pressure so it will be a tense match but I will try to be calm and win.” Pella, who had previously lost all his SW19 matches in two visits, concluded.

Cilic, on his own part, blamed the struggles to find his rhythm for the loss in a chat with BBCSport

He said: “Yesterday I played great, today not so and that is a big disappointment.”

“In the fourth I was struggling to find my rhythm, missing balls I hadn’t been missing earlier and not serving as well.

“I was not as accurate and he was starting to play and serve better. I was giving him chances to keep going and he was also raising his level.” He concluded.

Three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka was also booted out of SW19 after he lost 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 7-6 (8-6) to Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano.