Novak Djokovic vs Felix Auger-Aliassime LIVE: Latest score and tennis updates from Hurlingham Club

Nadal confirms he ‘intends to play’ at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal returns to the grass court for the first time since 2019 this afternoon in an exhibition match against Stan Wawrinka at Hurlingham Club in the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic.

Nadal was a major doubt for Wimbledon after foot problems following his French Open victory in Paris, but in choosing to play at Hurlingham has signaled his attempt to return to the All England Club later this month. The 36-year-old has already triumphed at the Australian and French Opens, is halfway to a calendar Grand Slam in 2022 and will be using the exhibition matches at this week to prepare for the next major of the year.

Novak Djokovic is also in action and his match against World no. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime will follow Nadal vs. Wawrinka. Djokovic has not played since losing to Nadal in the French Open quarter-finals and is also looking to prepare for what would hopefully be a lengthy Wimbledon campaign by participating at Hurlingham.

Nadal and Wawrinka are due on court from 2:30pm with coverage being live streamed on the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic Facebook channel and website.

Follow all the action from Hurlingham Club as Nadal prepares for Wimbledon with an exhibition match against Wawrinka:

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Djokovic 5-2 Auger-Aliassime*

Was that failed drop shot at a turning point? Djokovic runs through the next three rallies and leaves the 21-year-old a little shook as he takes the game for another break!

Auger-Aliassime is playing better than the scoreline suggests but Djokovic will have the chance to serve for the set.

Michael Jones22 June 2022 16:59

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Djokovic 4-2 Auger-Aliassime*

Oh close! Felix Auger-Aliassime has been primarily relying on powerful strokes to the back of court and Djokovic is expecting them. A pacey serve from the Canadian is sent back but the youngster attempts to dink it over the net but doesn’t get enough height on the ball.

Michael Jones22 June 2022 16:57

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Djokovic 4-2 Auger-Aliassime*

Auger-Aliassime needs to break! He’s playing well and putting the world no. 4 under some pressure but he just can’t get past the serve so far.

Another game goes the way of the Serb and the 21-year-old must hold this game or else will give Djokovic the chance to serve out the set.

Michael Jones22 June 2022 16:55

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Djokovic* 3-2 Auger-Aliassime

30-0. Djokovic has his lobs down to a tee. Auger-Aliassime thinks he’s got the point in the bag with a cross court drop shot but the Serbian gets to it and flicks the ball over the Canadian’s head. Auger-Aliassime back tracks to reach the ball and fires his return down the line but Djokovic anticipates the shot and volleys it back for a winner.

Michael Jones22 June 2022 16:52

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Djokovic 3-2 Auger-Aliassime*

That’s a brilliant response from the 21-year-old! At 15-15 on his serve he fizzes down an ace before two more rapid serves to close out the game and keep Djokovic within touching distance.

It’s been a decent performance from the Canadian so far.

Michael Jones22 June 2022 16:49

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Djokovic 3-1 Auger-Aliassime*

A step up in skill from Djokovic see him close out the game from deuce. Firstly he pushes Auger-Aliassime deep and peppers him with hits to the baseline before following it up in the next rally with a drop shot winner.

Michael Jones22 June 2022 16:47

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Djokovic* 2-1 Auger-Aliassime

Djokovic seems to come alive when his back is against the wall, Auger-Aliassime has a break point and Djokovic engages him in a battle of the backhands.

Both players belt the ball across court looking for any chinks in the armor and it’s the Canadian who breaks first, hoofing a return well over the back of court.

Michael Jones22 June 2022 16:44

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Djokovic* 2-1 Auger-Aliassime

This match looked juicy on paper and so far it’s living up to that billing. Djokovic hasn’t quite found that swagger and verve that so often comes out when he’s at his best and instead is being made to work hard for his points from the 21-year-old.

The Canadian gets on the end of a Djokovic smash but is unable to keep his return in play.

Michael Jones22 June 2022 16:41

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Djokovic 2-1 Auger-Aliassime

The opening two games have both gone to deuce but Auger-Aliassime is determined not to let that happen in the third. He makes excellent use of his first serve to either pin Djokovic to the baseline or push him deep behind it before working the ball to the other side of court.

After giving away an early point he notches up three in a row and gets himself on the board.

Michael Jones22 June 2022 16:38

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Djokovic 2-0 Auger-Aliassime*

Djokovic holds serve but Auger-Alissime gets the crowd going.

Both players play drop shots to the net before Djokovic lobs one over the Canadian’s head. He sprints back and returns the ball through his own legs before sprinting over and meeting the return with a forehand cross that just bounces out of play.

Imaginative stuff from the youngster that almost pays off.

Michael Jones22 June 2022 16:35

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