It was still a fight but Rafael Nadal was victorious once again. Hanging against Francisco Cerundolo in the first round, the Spaniard defeated Ricardas Berankis after 3:02 and four controversial sets (6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3). The meeting was interrupted by the rain as Majorcan led the fourth set 3-0, and here is the number two seed in the third round, where Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego awaited him.
Certainly, the double winner of Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010 knows no easy matches this first week on London turf. Without any prior preparation on this surface, Nadal was able to tame an intermittently threatening Berankis. Having to save the first breaking point in the third serve game, Roland Garros and the defending champion of the Australian Open turned around to better put their opponents 5-4 in their favor. On the third opportunity, Nadal used the Lithuanian serve and reduced the set to zero in the 43rd minute (6-4).
The rain didn’t change anything
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And in the second set? Exactly the same result, except that Berankis was leading 3-1 and trailing 4-3 before being caught. In the 36th hour of the game, Nadal led two sets to nothing (6-4) and the scenario looked like it would end perfectly in three win sets. Yeah but now, Berankis didn’t knock out Sam Querrey in three rounds in the previous round to exit without pocketing at least one set. Baltic, who qualified for the second round of Wimbledon in 2010, 2015 and 2019, wanted to go out with honor if they couldn’t get their best performance in 32 at this Grand Slam tournament.
After the third set entry timeout, Berankis accepted no break points to allow the tension to continue after 2:21 play (6-4). Less concentrated at the start of the fourth set, the 106th set in ATP surprised him with a 3-0 win, and the rain stopped the game didn’t change anything. An hour later, Rafael Nadal raised his arms to the sky to believe in his 23rd Grand Slam title. No task is impossible for Nadal.
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