Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon: ‘Every day is a challenge’
Rafael Nadal defeated Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 after three hours and two minutes to progress to the Round of 32 at Wimbledon.
Nadal has been tested in his two matches so far having come into Wimbledon short on time on grass.
He once again dropped a set but said afterwards that he expects every match at Wimbledon to be a challenge.
In his on-court interview, Nadal said: “Every day is a challenge, that’s the truth.
“All the opponents are difficult.
“We are playing against the best players of the world and especially even in these conditions, it will be more [difficult].
“I didn’t play much on grass for the past three years.
“Every day is an opportunity to improve and today I’m through, so that gives me the chance to keep going. [I am] very happy for that.”
Nadal admitted that he needs to improve but felt that he hit his level in the fourth set.
“I need to improve. But I think the fourth set was much better. I think it was a good level of tennis in that fourth set. The serve worked much better,” Nadal said.
“In the end I was able to play a little bit more aggressive with the forehand.
“At the beginning, it was too many mistakes, but that’s a process. It’s important for me to accept that things are not perfect and [that I need to] just keep working, being humble and accept the challenge.”
Nadal may not have been as dominant as we have grown accustomed to witnessing in early rounds of Grand Slams, but he was ruthless when Berankis offered him an opening at the outset of the fourth set.
The Spaniard is setting out to ensure that he reaches a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the 16th Major in succession.
Nadal will next face 27th seed Lorenzo Sonego, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year.
Sonego ousted Hugo Gaston 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-4 earlier in the day and is set to be a big test for Nadal.
Heather Watson ends her quarter-final drought with win in Thailand – ‘It was just survival of the fittest’
Heather Watson will now face Chinese seventh seed Xinyu Wang.
Toni Nadal shares thoughts on fans’ hostility toward Novak Djokovic as well as Rafael Nadal’s future
Toni Nadal on why Novak Djokovic has so many detractors.
Stunning LTA numbers confirm tennis participation is booming in Britain
New figures have revealed that there has been a 47 per-cent increase in tennis participation in clubs and parks across Britain.
Aryna Sabalenka’s 2023 tennis schedule: Where is she competing next and her season so far…
A look at Aryna Sabalenka’s possible tournaments for the 2023 season.
Serena Williams welcomes Tom Brady to ‘retirement world again’ as she opens up about her final match ‘regret’
“Sad to see you go,” Serena Williams told Tom Brady.
Elina Svitolina urges IOC to ‘stick to banning Russian and Belarusian athletes’ for Paris 2024 Olympics
Elina Svitolina wants a united front when it comes to sanctions imposed against Russia and Belarus.
Marion Bartoli latest to criticise Elena Rybakina’s coach Stefano Vukov – ‘I just can’t take that any more’
Marion Bartoli basing her opinion on Elena Rybakina’s coach Stefano Vukov on incidents she witnessed herself.
Australian Open viewing figures need context amid Novak Djokovic snipes
TV viewing figures for Australian Open may appear to be disappointing, yet raw figures only reveal part of the story.
Nick Kyrgios on crutches as his manager gives fitness update
Everyone is “really, really pleased” with Nick Kyrgios’ recovery.
Iga Swiatek’s 2023 tennis schedule: Where is she competing next and her season so far…
A look at Iga Swiatek’s possible tournaments for the 2023 season.