Raducanu imitates Nadal’s fighting power to win in the first round of Wimbledon

EMMA Raducanu admitted trying to duplicate Rafael Nadal’s fighting power by using the Spaniard’s logo when he defeated Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4 6-4 in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday (27/6).

The 19-year-old United States (US) Open champion was doubtful for Wimbledon due to injury. He also struggled early in the match against Van Uytvank before breaking the Belgian’s serve in the seventh game.

Van Uytvank broke Raducanu again but the Briton pulled back to win the first set 6-4.

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The two players broke each other in the second set before Raducanu broke Van Uytvank again in the ninth game and took the win.

“It’s a great experience to appear on Center Court,” said Raducanu.

“This is my first time performing here. Since the first time I stepped onto the court, I’ve felt the energy and support from all the spectators,” added the tenth seed.

Raducanu has been plagued by injuries since his triumph at Flushing Meadows last year, including earlier this month.

However, he is determined to learn from Nadal, who this year won the Australian Open and French Open, to amass 22 Grand Slam titles.

“I think Rafa symbolizes fighting power and energy,” said Raducanu when asked why he used the Nadal logo. “That’s what I want to get.”

“I’ve had a tough year. However, everything was forgotten when I played on Center Court and managed to win,” he continued.

Raducanu, who has failed to win more than two matches in a single tournament since becoming the US Open champion, will face France’s Caroline Garcia in the second round at Wimbledon. (AFP/OL-1)