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Nadal opens Wimbledon campaign

French Open champion Rafael Nadal will face America's Mardy Fish in the first round at the All England Club.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2007 18:25 IST

Rafael Nadal opens his campaign on Tuesday to become just the third man to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year when he faces America's Mardy Fish in the first round at the All England Club.

The Spaniard, fresh from a third successive French Open title where he also shattered Roger Federer's Grand Slam aspirations for another year, was a surprise runner-up at Wimbledon to the world number one last year.

With Monday's programme having been devastated by the rain, organisers were hoping to clear the backlog by playing 102 first round matches.

First up on Centre Court is defending women's champion Amelie Mauresmo of France who faces America's Jamea Jackson.

That will be followed by Tim Henman and Carlos Moya who have to finish their knife-edge encounter held over from Monday with the tie level at 5-5 in the final set with the British veteran having squandered four match points.

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion and the last man to win Wimbledon before Federer kicked-off his personal monopoly, faces British wildcard Richard Bloomfield.

Triple women's champion Venus Williams is also in action against Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva.

First Published: Jun 26, 2007 18:17 IST