Wimbledon 2022: Rafael Nadal through to the 2nd round© AFP
Rafael Nadal overcame a fear in his Wimbledon opener on Tuesday, fighting back from dropping the third set and breaking down in the fourth to eventually defeat Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo. Nadal in second seed triumphed 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 over 41st seeded Cerundolo, who made his All England Club debut.
But the 36-year-old Spaniard, who has already won the Australian Open and French Open this year to be halfway through the first Slam on the men’s calendar since 1969, did it the hard way.
After completing the first two sets at Center Court, he gave up an early break in the third set and had to work his way back from 3-1 and 4-2 in the fourth.
Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion, will take on Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis for a place in the last 32.
The Spaniard’s bid for a third title at the tournament was boosted earlier Tuesday when runner-up in 2021 Matteo Berrettini, a potential semi-final opponent, withdrew after testing positive for Covid.
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