Auger-Aliassim beats Nadal in run-up

Rafael Nadal has been defeated by Felix Auger-Aliassime as he continued his preparation for Wimbledon at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic.

The pair could meet in the quarterfinals at SW19 and the Canadian Auger-Aliassime dealt a potential psychological blow to the 22-time grand slam champion with a 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 1-0 (10 – 3) win in London.

Nadal, 36, chose to play two exhibition games at the Hurlingham Club, beating Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday in his first game on grass in three years.

Nadal is a two-time Wimbledon champion, but has not won the title there since 2010.

The first set did not yield a single break point and Auger-Aliassime took the lead via a tiebreak.

Nadal reacted well, earning the first break of the match in the fifth game of the second set to open up a 3-2 lead.

He held on to his serve to force a decision, but Auger-Aliassime won seven consecutive points 1-1 to romp home in the tie-break of the match.