Rafael Nadal made a stuttering but rousing return to the grass on Tuesday

Beating 41st-ranked Argentine Francisco Cerundolo in Wimbledon's first round to begin his campaign for a third Grand Slam title of the year.

Overpowering the Argentinian 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in four sets on his return to grass after three long years.

He was expected to take on Sam Querrey in the second round, a former semifinalist at SW19.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion will take on World No. 106 Ricardas Berankis.

After winning the first two sets, the 36-year-old suddenly found himself a break down in the fourth set.

Nadal raised his intensity and increased his depth on return to regain control and improve to 31-3 on the season.

The second seed is seeking a record-extending 23rd Grand Slam title, having won the first two majors of the year

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