Rafael Nadal played his first match at Wimbledon since the classic 2008 final when he defeated Roger Federer for his first, and only, Championship. The 7-time Grand Slammer defeated wildcard Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 with some solid, aggressive stats including 45 winners/16 UEs, 69% first serve, 8 aces and 15 of 24 net approaches.
In his post-match presser Rafa was asked about his return to Centre Court after missing last year with injury:
Q. How did it feel to be back on Centre Court?He'll face Robin Haase, who beat James Blake, in the next round.
RAFAEL NADAL: Hello (laughter).
Sure, it's always special to play on this court. Very happy to come back to this tournament and play in probably the most beautiful and emblematic court in the world.
Q. Did it feel different after missing last year?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. Just happy to come back. Always the feeling is amazing. Was amazing all the time come back here after the victory in 2008 always, sure, is a little bit more special.
Throughout the fortnight Rafa will be showcasing the Nike Vamos Lawn Crew Tennis Shirt ($65) in white + light wild mango paired with the Vamos Woven Short ($60) in the same colorway.
The Majorcan Matador will be kicking up the grass and taking names in the new Air Court Ballistec 2.3 trainers ($120) in white, black, solar red and metallic silver.
So, there's not much to say about this Nike kit - it's fine and he wears it well, duh - but I have no words for this Rafoto below. Well, there's one: HAWT.
[Photo(s): Getty Images, TennisWarehouse.com, Nike.com]