Can Nadal get past Millman in the First Round of Wimbledon?

  Follow Live: Rafael Nadal vs. John Millman Wimbledon (07/03/2017) 
11:41
David: 

Hello everyone! My name is David Gertler and I will be live commentating on the Rafael Nadal-John Millman match on Tennis-Pulse!

Monday July 3, 2017 11:41 David
11:41
David: 

This is the first meeting between these two players.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:41 David
11:42
David: 

Nadal’s last match was his French Open Final victory over Wawrinka, while Millman has lost in the Round of 16 in his three grass court Challenger events.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:42 David
11:42
David: 

Millman will serve first.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:42 David
11:43
David: 

It must be noted that, while Millman lost in the Round of 16 in all grass court Challengers this season, in two of the three Challengers, he lost to the eventual champion.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:43 David
11:43
David: 

Feel free to send in your comments and questions!

Monday July 3, 2017 11:43 David
11:44
David: 

Here we go!

Monday July 3, 2017 11:44 David
11:45
David: 

0-15. Great defense from Nadal and Millman hits the backhand volley into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:45 David
11:46
David: 

0-30. Great backhand up the line from Nadal forces the Millman error.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:46 David
11:46
David: 

0-40. More great defense from Nadal and Millman makes the unforced error.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:46 David
11:46
David: 

15-40. Ace out wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:46 David
11:47
David: 

Break Nadal. Awesome backhand slice from Nadal draws the error from Millman.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:47 David
11:47
David: 

1-0 Nadal. Nadal up a break.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:47 David
11:48
David: 

0-15. Nadal hits a forehand unforced error long.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:48 David
11:49
David: 

15-15. Unreturned first serve to the Millman backhand.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:49 David
11:49
David: 

30-15. Nadal comes to the net and after a great forehand volley, puts away the backhand volley.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:49 David
11:50
David: 

40-15. Unreturned first serve to the Millman forehand.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:50 David
11:50
David: 

Hold Nadal. Nadal forces the Millman forehand error.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:50 David
11:50
David: 

Millman plays right-handed, by the way. Nadal is a lefty.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:50 David
11:51
David: 

Nadal is a lefty when he plays tennis, I mean.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:51 David
11:51
David: 

2-0 Nadal. Nadal up a break.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:51 David
11:51
David: 

0-15. Net cord winner off the forehand from Nadal.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:51 David
11:51
David: 

0-30. Double fault.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:51 David
11:52
David: 

0-40. Nadal hitting the backhand really well and Millman makes a backhand error.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:52 David
11:52
David: 

15-40. Nadal misses the forehand return of serve.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:52 David
11:53
David: 

30-40. Another missed forehand from Nadal.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:53 David
11:54
David: 

40-40. A long rally, but Nadal misses the backhand long. Great defense from Millman there.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:54 David
11:55
David: 

Advantage Nadal. Backhand drop volley winner after Nadal approaches the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:55 David
11:55
David: 

40-40. Nadal misses the first serve return.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:55 David
11:56
David: 

Advantage Millman. A backhand up the line forces the Nadal backhand error.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:56 David
11:56
David: 

40-40. A hard hit backhand from Nadal forces the Millman backhand error long.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:56 David
11:57
David: 

Advantage Millman. Millman hits a backhand winner up the line.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:57 David
11:57
David: 

Hold Millman. John hits a big first serve out wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:57 David
11:57
David: 

2-1 Nadal. Rafa up a break.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:57 David
11:58
David: 

I am impressed by how well Nadal is hitting the backhand in this match!

Monday July 3, 2017 11:58 David
11:59
David: 

15-0. Unreturned first serve to the Millman backhand.

Monday July 3, 2017 11:59 David
12:00
David: 

30-0. Millman hits the forehand return into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:00 David
12:01
David: 

30-15. Millman backs Nadal up and Nadal hits the forehand up the line wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:01 David
12:02
David: 

40-15. Punishing groundstrokes from Nadal and Millman hits the backhand up the line wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:02 David
12:02
David: 

Hold Nadal. Nadal is controlled the rallies with his forehand.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:02 David
12:02
David: 

3-1 Nadal. Nadal up a break.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:02 David
12:03
David: 

15-0. Nadal misses the backhand return into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:03 David
12:03
David: 

30-0. Another backhand return into the net from Nadal.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:03 David
12:04
David: 

30-15. Nadal approaches the net and hits a slice backhand drop shot that Millman cannot get back in play.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:04 David
12:04
David: 

30-30. Millman hits the rally ball cross court forehand wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:04 David
12:05
David: 

30-40. Millman approaches the net, Nadal hits the lob, and Millman misses the overhead.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:05 David
12:06
David: 

Break Nadal. Nadal is really controlling the rallies well with his forehand and then he surprises Millman with the forehand drop shot.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:06 David
12:06
David: 

4-1 Nadal. Nadal up a double break.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:06 David
12:08
David: 

0-15. Millman smashes a forehand up the line and Nadal cannot get the forehand volley in play.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:08 David
12:08
David: 

0-30. Nadal dumps the backhand rally ball into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:08 David
12:09
David: 

15-30. Nadal hits a powerful first serve and Millman cannot get the backhand return in play.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:09 David
12:09
David: 

30-30. Ace up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:09 David
12:10
David: 

40-30. Unreturned first serve up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:10 David
12:10
David: 

40-40. Millman hits the forehand cross court return winner.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:10 David
12:11
David: 

Advantage Nadal. Rafa approaches the net, and the Millman defensive lob goes long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:11 David
12:11
David: 

40-40. Rally ball forehand goes wide for Rafa.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:11 David
12:12
David: 

Advantage Millman. Slice backhand from Nadal goes into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:12 David
12:12
David: 

40-40. Ace up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:12 David
12:13
David: 

Advantage Nadal. Cross court forehand winner from Nadal.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:13 David
12:13
David: 

Hold Nadal. The forehand up the line from Millman sails long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:13 David
12:14
David: 

5-1 Nadal. Nadal up a double break.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:14 David
12:14
David: 

0-15. Rally ball backhand from Millman goes into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:14 David
12:14
David: 

0-30. Double fault.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:14 David
12:15
David: 

15-30. A really long rally and the backhand up the line frmo Rafa goes wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:15 David
12:16
David: 

15-40. Nadal is punishing his groundstrokes and the Millman defensive lob goes long when Rafa approaches the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:16 David
12:16
David: 

Double set point.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:16 David
12:17
David: 

Set Nadal. Rafa hits a cross court forehand winner.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:17 David
12:17
David: 

6-1 Nadal. Nadal up a set.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:17 David
12:17
David: 

That was a dominating set from Nadal. Millman will need to be more aggressive to have a chance in this match.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:17 David
12:17
David: 

What do y’all think of the match so far?

Monday July 3, 2017 12:17 David
12:20
David: 

15-0. Nadal hits an unreturned first serve up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:20 David
12:21
David: 

30-0. Nadal comes to the net after the serve and puts away the forehand volley.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:21 David
12:21
David: 

40-0. Forehand unforced error from Millman.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:21 David
12:22
David: 

40-15. Rafa tries to go on the offense on the backhand, but his shot sails long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:22 David
12:23
David: 

Hold Nadal. A big Nadal forehand forces the Millman forehand error.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:23 David
12:23
David: 

1-0 Nadal. On serve.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:23 David
12:24
David: 

15-0. Nadal hits the backhand second serve return into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:24 David
12:25
David: 

30-0. Nadal hits the first serve return of serve long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:25 David
12:25
David: 

40-0. Nadal mishits the backhand return of serve.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:25 David
12:26
David: 

Hold Millman. John used his serve to dominate that game.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:26 David
12:26
David: 

1-1. On serve.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:26 David
12:26
David: 

15-0. Backhand up the line winner from Rafa.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:26 David
12:27
David: 

15-15. Nadal hits the cross court forehand wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:27 David
12:27
David: 

30-15. Unreturned first serve up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:27 David
12:28
David: 

40-15. Ace up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:28 David
12:28
David: 

Hold Nadal. Nadal hits the ace out wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:28 David
12:28
David: 

2-1 Nadal. On serve.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:28 David
12:32
David: 

0-15. Milman misses the routine forehand into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:32 David
12:32
David: 

15-15. Millman approaches the net and wins the point.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:32 David
12:33
David: 

15-30. Millman approaches the net, but his approach shot isn’t good enough.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:33 David
12:33
David: 

30-30. Millman was in control of the point and forces the Nadal forehand error.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:33 David
12:33
David: 

30-40. Millman hits the routine backhand long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:33 David
12:35
David: 

Break Nadal. A spectacular rally ends win Nadal hits the forehand up the line winner!

Monday July 3, 2017 12:35 David
12:35
David: 

3-1 Nadal. Nadal up a break.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:35 David
12:36
David: 

0-15. Great return of serve and Nadal misses the backhand into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:36 David
12:36
David: 

0-30. Millman approaches the net and Nadal hits the backhand up the line wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:36 David
12:37
David: 

15-30. A great Nadal backhand forces the Millman forehand wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:37 David
12:37
David: 

30-30. Unreturned first serve out wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:37 David
12:38
David: 

40-30. Unreturned first serve up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:38 David
12:38
David: 

40-40. Millman hits some punishing groundstrokes and NAdal’s forehand goes long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:38 David
12:39
David: 

Advantage Millman. A good return of serve and Nadal hits an error long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:39 David
12:40
David: 

Break Millman. Nadal hits the backhand up the line wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:40 David
12:40
David: 

Great rally there.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:40 David
12:40
David: 

3-2 Nadal. On serve.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:40 David
12:42
David: 

15-0. Unreturned first serve out wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:42 David
12:42
David: 

15-15. Nadal’s passing shot has too much speed and Millman’s forehand volley goes wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:42 David
12:43
David: 

30-15. Nadal’s backhand return of serve goes long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:43 David
12:43
David: 

30-30. A good Nadal cross court backhand and Millman’s forehand goes long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:43 David
12:44
David: 

30-40. Millman dumps a routine backhand into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:44 David
12:44
David: 

Break Nadal. A routine forehand from Millman goes long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:44 David
12:44
David: 

4-2 Nadal. Nadal up a break.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:44 David
12:45
David: 

15-0. Unreturned first serve up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:45 David
12:46
David: 

30-0. A good backhand from Millman, but Nadal hits the forehand up the line winner.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:46 David
12:46
David: 

40-0. Cross court forehand winner from Nadal.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:46 David
12:47
David: 

Hold Nadal. Punishing groundstrokes from Nadal forces the Millman backhand error.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:47 David
12:48
David: 

5-2 Nadal. Nadal up a break.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:48 David
12:49
David: 

15-0. Forehand first serve return into the net from Nadal.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:49 David
12:50
David: 

15-15. Unforced error from Millman as he hits the backhand long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:50 David
12:50
David: 

15-30. Cross court forehand passing shot from Nadal.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:50 David
12:50
David: 

30-30. Nadal hits the cross court forehand wide when trying to go on offense.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:50 David
12:51
David: 

40-30. Nadal hits the second serve backhand return long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:51 David
12:51
David: 

Hold Millman. Nadal misses the smash wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:51 David
12:52
David: 

5-3 Nadal. Nadal up a break.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:52 David
12:52
David: 

Nadal now serving for the second set.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:52 David
12:52
David: 

15-0. Nadal controlling the rally with his forehand, and Millman dumps a backhand into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:52 David
12:53
David: 

30-0. Long rally, but Millman slips, and Nadal hits the backhand dropshot winner.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:53 David
12:54
David: 

30-15. A backhand up the line from Nadal goes into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:54 David
12:55
David: 

40-15. Millman’s lob shot goes wide after Nadal approaches the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:55 David
12:55
David: 

Set Nadal. Backhand drop volley winner from Nadal.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:55 David
12:55
David: 

Nadal leads 6-1, 6-3.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:55 David
12:55
David: 

It will take a monumental effort from Millman to come to win this match.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:55 David
12:57
David: 

What do y’all think of the match so far?

Monday July 3, 2017 12:57 David
12:58
David: 

0-15. Millman hits a forehand into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:58 David
12:59
David: 

15-15. Nadal’s forehand up the line sails just long.

Monday July 3, 2017 12:59 David
1:00
David: 

15-30! Wow! A long rally and Nadal hits an amazing forehand up the line winner!

Monday July 3, 2017 1:00 David
1:01
David: 

30-30. Nadal hits the backhand return of serve long.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:01 David
1:01
David: 

40-30. Nadal’s forehand up the line goes wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:01 David
1:02
David: 

40-40. An amazing backhand dropshot winner from Nadal!

Monday July 3, 2017 1:02 David
1:02
David: 

Advantage Nadal. Nadal hits a slice that is awkward for Millman to get to, and John puts the groundstroke into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:02 David
1:03
David: 

Break Nadal. Nadal hits a good forehand approach shot and Millman sends the backhand passing shot wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:03 David
1:03
David: 

1-0 Nadal. Nadal up a break.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:03 David
1:05
David: 

0-15. Nadal hits an unforced error as his forehand goes long.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:05 David
1:06
David: 

0-30. Nadal misses a volley into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:06 David
1:06
David: 

15-30. Nadal hits the forehand drop shot winner.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:06 David
1:07
David: 

30-30. Ace up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:07 David
1:07
David: 

40-30. Nadal approaches the net, and Millman’s lob goes just long.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:07 David
1:07
David: 

Hold Nadal. Unreturned serve up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:07 David
1:07
David: 

2-0 Nadal. Nadal up a break.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:07 David
1:08
David: 

Nadal also leads two sets to none.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:08 David
1:08
David: 

0-15. Routine forehand from Millman goes long.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:08 David
1:09
David: 

0-30. Forehand up the line winner from Rafa.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:09 David
1:09
David: 

15-30. Ace up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:09 David
1:09
David: 

30-30. The forehand return of serve from Rafa sails wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:09 David
1:10
David: 

40-30. Unreturned serve from Rafa, this time the ball sails long.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:10 David
1:11
David: 

40-40. Good backhand drop shot from Rafa, and Millman cannot get the shot back in play.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:11 David
1:11
David: 

Advantage Millman. Unreturned first serve from John.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:11 David
1:11
David: 

40-40. Millman hits the routine backhand wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:11 David
1:12
David: 

Advantage Nadal. Millman tries to go on offense, but hits the forehand long.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:12 David
1:13
David: 

Break Nadal. Millman is having a very difficult time keeping up with Rafa’s high level of play.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:13 David
1:13
David: 

3-0 Nadal. Nadal up a double break.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:13 David
1:14
David: 

15-0. Millman hits the routine groundstroke long.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:14 David
1:15
David: 

30-0. Millman cannot return the Nadal serve out wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:15 David
1:15
David: 

30-15. Nadal goes for the forehand up the line, but hits the forehand wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:15 David
1:16
David: 

40-15. Millman is really having trouble keeping up with Rafa’s high level of play.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:16 David
1:17
David: 

Hold Nadal. Millman cannot handle the Nadal backhand as he was approaching the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:17 David
1:17
David: 

4-0 Nadal. Nadal up a double break.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:17 David
1:17
David: 

15-0. A great lob shot from Millman forces the Nadal forehand error out wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:17 David
1:18
David: 

30-0. Ace out wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:18 David
1:18
David: 

40-0. Nadal’s forehand return of serve sails long.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:18 David
1:18
David: 

40-15. Nadal hits the forehand up the line return of serve for the winner.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:18 David
1:19
David: 

Hold Millman. John manages to hold serve there, but it will be very tough for him to come back to win this match.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:19 David
1:19
David: 

4-1 Nadal. Nadal up a double break. Nadal leads two sets to none.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:19 David
1:21
David: 

0-15. Nadal’s forehand up the line approach shot goes wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:21 David
1:21
David: 

15-15. Millman’s backhand up the line passing shot sails just long.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:21 David
1:22
David: 

15-30. Nadal tries to go cross court with his backhand, but his shot goes into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:22 David
1:23
David: 

15-40. Nadal and Millman were both at the net, and Millman puts away the volley for the inner.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:23 David
1:23
David: 

winner, not inner.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:23 David
1:23
David: 

30-40. Millman’s backhand up the line sails wide.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:23 David
1:24
David: 

Break Miillman. John hits the backhand cross court passing shot winner!

Monday July 3, 2017 1:24 David
1:24
David: 

4-2 Nadal. Rafa up a break.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:24 David
1:24
David: 

0-15. Millman hits the forehand unforced error into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:24 David
1:25
David: 

0-30. Nadal hits the backhand up the line winner.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:25 David
1:25
David: 

15-30. Millman hits a forehand cross court winner.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:25 David
1:26
David: 

30-30. Nadal goes for the forehand up the line, but his shot goes into the net.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:26 David
1:26
David: 

Good rally there.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:26 David
1:27
David: 

30-40. Nadal hits a good backhand return up the line, and Millman cannot get the next shot in play.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:27 David
1:27
David: 

Break Nadal. Nadal controls the point well with his forehand and hits the up the line forehand winner.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:27 David
1:28
David: 

5-2 Nadal. Nadal up a double break. Rafa leads two sets to none.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:28 David
1:29
David: 

15-0. Unreturned first serve up the T.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:29 David
1:30
David: 

30-0. Forehand up the line winner for Rafa.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:30 David
1:30
David: 

40-0. Nadal hits the forehand up the line winner. He is hitting forehand really well in this match!

Monday July 3, 2017 1:30 David
1:30
David: 

Triple match point.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:30 David
1:31
David: 

Game, set, match Nadal. Another forehand up the line winner for Rafael Nadal.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:31 David
1:31
David: 

Rafael Nadal wins 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:31 David
1:31
David: 

Nadal will move on to the Second Round of Wimbledon where he will face Donald Young.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:31 David
1:32
David: 

Young beat Istomin today.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:32 David
1:32
David: 

Nadal’s groundstrokes were on fire today.

Monday July 3, 2017 1:32 David
1:32
David: 

It was a pleasure calling this match for Tennis-Pulse. Have a great day!

Monday July 3, 2017 1:32 David