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The weather forecast for Tuesday was mixed. On Monday, rain began falling in late afternoon, resulting in the suspension of 14 matches in progress and the postponement of 17 others. Thanks to the retractable roof, play continued on Centre Court _ including wins by Francesca Schiavone and Andy Murray.
Murray recovered from a one-set deficit to beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0. From 3-3 in the third set, the fourth-seeded British player won the final 15 games of the match.
The roof was added to Centre Court before the 2009 tournament and was used once that year because of rain. It was used once in 2010 because of darkness _ artificial lights go on when the roof is closed _ and occasionally to provide shade from the sun, but not because of rain.
“The roof, it changes the conditions,” Murray said. “It’s not the same conditions. It’s different. If anything, it’s, like, almost too perfect. There’s no wind, obviously no sun, no sort of elements to contend with.”
Nadal, coming off his sixth French Open title and 10th overall Grand Slam championship, could face an intriguing third-round match against big-serving 20-year-old Canadian Milos Raonic. Seeded No. 31, Raonic served 25 aces to beat Marc Gicquel in straight sets. Gicquel was a late replacement for Fabio Fognini, who pulled out with a thigh injury.
“It would mean a lot,” he said. “First of all, it’s a third round of a Grand Slam, so that’s a plus. If it does get to that, I think it’s a great opportunity, and I think it’s something to look forward to.”
First, though, Nadal faces 69th-ranked American Ryan Sweeting, who downed Pablo Andujar of Spain in five sets to reach the second round here for the first time. Nadal has beaten Sweeting twice this year, both time in straight sets, at the Australian Open and Indian Wells.
“He’s playing better and better every time,” Nadal said. “I have to play my tennis. I have to play aggressive like every day. That hopefully will be enough.”
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