It sure wasn’t his best day. But Rafael Nadal settled his third round at Wimbledon by beating Lithuania without playing a great match. Ricardas Berankis With 6-4, 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3. The Balearic tennis player will appear for the 11th time in the third round of a tournament he won in 2008 and 2010. victory number 307 Grand Slam, beating Martina Navratilova with 306.

nadal not comfortable. Despite knowing how to find the opportunity in key moments of the match, he was insecure from the start. Berankiler he felt crushed under the pressure of his opponent on the other side of the net. nadal It needed a ‘break point’ recovery to not give up on 2-3. But when this situation was overcome, he managed to win the first round at 43 minutes, despite making 13 mandatory mistakes and 2 double mistakes, which was unusual for him.

Although the script of the movie was repeated in the second manga Berankiler He took the first time-out (2-1) to take the lead on the leaderboard. The comeback was dominated by the Lithuanian tennis player, with a more aggressive play and straight strokes. nadalhowever, it did not show sufficient credibility to maintain this advantage. Berankiler (World 106) was playing his first match this year on turf and it showed.

important moments

Pressing at key moments, Nadal took back the score with another ‘break’ (3-3) to rebalance the balance with a second timeout that gave him a second arm after three ‘breaks’. recorded by Berankiler.

As in Argentina in the third set Francisco Cerundolo the first day he got rid of it since the first game he was in. Berankiler, the looser (2 imperative mistakes Nadal vs 11), didn’t waste his winning advantage. A small reward for your perseverance.

reaction nadal He was strong in the fourth set, where he took a 3-0 lead (with a ‘time out’ in the second game) as rain had to stop play to cover the roof of the centre. After that 47 minutes breakNadal no longer lets him escape the victory he documented with his 13th ‘ace’ in a strange match where he made too many mistakes (without 4 compulsions) but was happy one more day.

Sonego, the next competitor

nadal will face Italy in the third round this Saturday Lorenzo Sonego (54 worldwide) imposed on the French Hugo Gaston With 7-6 (4), 6-4 and 6-4. It will be another game to continue adapting his game at Wimbledon, where he hasn’t played in three years when he fell in the semi-finals against Roger Federer.