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Two-time champion Nadal rallies past big-hitting Klizan to reach Wimbledon's 2nd round

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Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Martin Klizan of Slovakia match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)The Associated Press

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal was made to work hard for his opening-round win at Wimbledon on Tuesday, rallying from one set down before beating hard-hitting Martin Klizan of Slovakia.

The top-ranked Nadal battled for nearly three hours to erase memories of his loss in the first round last year, prevailing 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion, who won his ninth French Open title earlier this month, will next face Lukas Rosol, who beat him here two years ago in the second round.