Compared to the challenge with Fabio Cerundolo in the first round, Rafael Nadal takes a small step back with Ricardas Berankis at Wimbledon 2022. He finishes 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-3. A decidedly angry Nadal, and also quite lazy in the search for supports and the ball, actually does the bare minimum to hook the third round and to overcome Martina Navratilova's 306 Grand Slam victories.
Waiting for him in the third round is Lorenzo Sonego, executioner of Hugo Gaston. Nadal plays a conservative game. Foul with the forehand, even with his feet on the pitch, he struggles terribly to find support, to establish himself in prolonged exchanges and above all to move corners.
After overcoming the record of consecutive victories in the major circuit held by Venus Williams (which had stopped at 35 in 2000) Iga Swiatek reaches 37 thanks to the second round success on the lawns of the Championships against Pattinama-Kerkhove.
The number one in the world even allows herself the luxury of leaving a dop set on the street, the fifth in the string of victories, after a debut that is substantially poor in problems. The third is less obvious than expected.
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Harmony Tan overcomes the most banal of the litmus tests after the success against Serena Williams, in the final part of the day there is also room for Simona Halep's 6-4 7-5 against Kristen Flipkens.
On his relationship with the media, Canberra tennis player Nick Kyrgios was quite categorical: "I wanted to remind people that I am good. As I said before, I sometimes feel that people don't respect me for what happens to me on the pitch.
I am. I'm comfortable with myself. Some people love to destroy me. They won't be able to bring me down. I just want the people watching this press conference or my tennis matches to believe in themselves, to be themselves and not what others want. To be honest, I can't care less if there's an investigation into me for what happened the other day. "