10 Jun 2010

Nadal's knees looking good heading into Wimbledon

10:41 am on 10 June 2010

Rafael Nadal's day-glo outfit and his ferocious forehands lit up a gloomy Queen's Club with the Spaniard marking his return to a grasscourt with a 6-2 6-2 demolition of Brazilian journeyman Marcos Daniel.

Second seed Novak Djokovic gave the fans who had sat through several rain break a thumbs up after he joined Nadal in the third round with a 6-3 6-3 win over Italy's Paolo Lorenzi.

Nadal, the 2008 champion, was unable to defend his title 12 months ago when his creaking knees ruled him out of playing any competitive matches on the manicured lawns of Queen's or Wimbledon.

But there was nothing wrong with his knees, tactics or confidence against Daniel.

Nadal flattened Daniel with a series of bewitching winners to extend his winning streak on grass to 13.