Wimbledon: Nadal avoids Cerúndolo’s insubordination | Video
Rafael Nadal premiered this Tuesday Wimbledonthird tournament Grand Slam of the season, with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory against the Argentine Francisco Cerundolo, party where a certain lack of adaptation to grass was noteda surface on which he has barely played and on which He was close to going to a fifth set.
The Spanish tennis player, winner of 22 Grand Slam titles, returned to center court All England Tennis Club in what was his first match on London grass since 2019 and the first official also in the last three years since the Swiss Roger Federer closed his pass to the final, and he needed more than three and a half hours to meet the lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in the second round.
With just the exhibits on Hurlingham in view of Stan Wawrinka and Felix Auger-Aliassime as preparation, the Balearic Islands did not finish carburizing, but he pulled experience to pass the first exam in search of raising his level and his foot seemed not to reduce his mobilitythough you’ll need to fine-tune your bottom shots more after building up 41 unforced errorsmissing above all his usually powerful ‘drive’ and greater solidity with the serve (18 ‘break’ balls conceded).
Cerúndolo, number 41 in the world, played their guns on her third game in a ‘big’but he did not know how to take advantage of his options to have put more pressure on the champion in Melbourne and Parisan expert in getting out of the most complicated situations he experienced in the first and fourth quarters, which at times seemed to be closer to his rival, who He forgave too much and ended up paying for it.
Nadal He was already in trouble in the first set. There he began dominating and came to have a ‘break’ advantage, but that he then lost. Later, he had to face a delicate situation when with 4-4 it was 15-40, moment in which his serve and his temper worked perfectly to avoid a scare. Cerúndolo regretted not closing that door because the Spaniard then broke him to get ahead.
That blow did not affect the Argentine, who, supported by a great ‘drive’, continued to give ‘war’ to the double champion at Wimbledonalthough it was seen again penalized after not taking advantage of his break option. Nadal did not forgive his in the next game after raising a 40-15 and took an advantage that he did not let go to go two sets to love up and close to the second round.
And a new quick ‘break’ at the beginning of the third set seemed like it would put an end to the excitement in Central. Nevertheless, the one from Manacor did not hit this time and quickly lost that advantagewhich ended up unleashing the cConfidence of Cerúndolo. This broke in the eighth game to get 5-3 and serve, and despite the fact that the Spaniard saved two set balls and had another two break points, the sleeve finally rewarded the faith of the Argentine.
This one grew up and became the dominator of the clash. The Balearic did not find his best game and the game continued to get uphill. Cerúndolo did a lot of damage and the stands were almost preparing for a fifth round when he broke and had four other chances to go 4-1 and serve. Nadal came out of the labyrinth the one who had gotten in and with 4-2 accelerated to deactivate his rival and take the last four games to advance to the round.
(With information from Europe Press)