Kevin Anderson and Rafael Nadal through to the second round

South Africa’s No. 1 tennis player, Kevin Anderson, was made to work for his first round win at Wimbledon today.

The unseeded, big hitting South African, took on the 31st seed, Fernando Verdasco of Spain on Court 18.

Verdasco drew first blood when he took the first set, but Anderson, who is still recovering from injury, relied on his big serve to produce 25 aces and along with the 58 winners, he downed the Spaniard 2-6 7-6(5) 7-6(8) 6-3.

The 4th seed, Rafael Nadal, got his campaign off to a good start, when he defeated the Australian, John Millman, 6-1 6-3 6-2 on Court 1 earlier today.

It’s hard to believe that Nadal, who is hot off another very successful clay court season, which included winning his 10th French Open Grand Slam title, has only won two Wimbledon Singles titles in his career.

Hats off to Millman, who showed a lot of grace and sportsmanship in defeat and was willing to hang around whilst Nadal was interacting with the crowd and changing his attire.