Rafael Nadal struggled in his first roudn match at Wimbledon 2022. The last time the Spaniard hit the Wimbledon stage, especially the Central Court, it was the 2019 semi-final, lost to Roger Federer. Two years after that match, the only Slam title champion returns to play and win, albeit not completely convincing, in the English Grand Slam: 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-4 is the final score obtained against Francisco Cerundolo.
It is victory number 306 for him in a Grand Slam, reaching Martina Navratilova. A start with the handbrake for the Spanish champion. Like Novak Djokovic yesterday, the adaptation phase has reached a crescendo: the serve and, in particular, the over-use of serve and volley saved Nadal in the first games; at the same time, the attacks by the Spaniard, always deep but central, received an effective response from the Argentine.
Directly from Court 3 of the All England Club, yet another show from Nick Kyrgios arrived today. And these are not spectacular shots, but the usual 'bad boy' attitude that has repeatedly escaped from the Australian.
In his first round match at Wimbledon against Briton Paul Jubb, world number 219 against whom he struggled hard to win, Kyrgios blurted out just minutes into the match. To be targeted first the crowd, who took an angry shot and towards which the Aussie tennis player would also have thrown a spit at the end of the game.
The 27-year-old from Canberra addressed one fan in particular, guilty of speaking during an exchange. The Covid nightmare seems to be back in London. 2020 and 2021 were the two years in which tournaments were influenced by the Covid pandemic: shifting dates, absence of the public, tennis players forced to retire due to positivity.
This season could have looked like a rebirth from this point of view, but not everything is back to the way it was before. At Wimbledon, there are already two players who have been forced to forfeit due to the positivity at Covid.
The first player to retire from the third Grand Slam of the season is Marin Cilic. Matteo Berrettini also tested positive for Covid-19. The positivity could spread again. The prevention measures adopted in previous years have lapsed and the players have been in greater contact.
Among the subjects at risk of positivity is Rafael Nadal: the Spaniard, who was on the same side of the board as Berrettini, was together with the blue for a historic training on the Central Court. As proof of this, not only videos, but also a selfie published by the ATP social profiles. Another player who could risk is Novak Djokovic. The Serbian first had contact with Nadal and Berrettini.