ATP Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal struggles but beats Ricardas Berankis



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ATP Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal struggles but beats Ricardas Berankis

Rafael Nadal is through to the third round at Wimbledon following a 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 triumph over Ricardas Berankis in three hours and four minutes. Like in the first round, Nadal was far from his best, struggling to impose his strokes, convert more break chances or defend his second serve more efficiently.

Still, it was enough to advance in four sets and find himself in the last 32. Nadal lost serve twice and delivered four breaks from 16 opportunities. He raised his level in the second part of the match and finished with 34 winners and 39 unforced errors, playing more aggressively than in the early stages.

Rafa could not find his strokes in the opener, but he did enough to keep the initial shot safe after fending off a lone break point. Berankis survived a break point in game eight to lock the result at 4-4 before Nadal grabbed a break in game ten for 6-4.

Rafael Nadal is through to the last 32 at Wimbledon for the 11th time.

The Spaniard got broken in the second set's third game and fell 3-1 behind when the Lithuanian saved break points. Rafa broke back in game six and missed more chances to move in front at 4-3.

Ricardas served to stay in the set at 4-5 and experienced more troubles. He fended off three break points before Nadal seized the fourth to open a 6-4, 6-4 lead despite playing miles below his best. Berankis grabbed an early break in the third set and served well to keep the advantage until the end.

He held at love in game ten to wrap up the set and force the fourth. Nadal claimed 12 of the opening 13 points to forge a 3-0 advantage before the rain sent them away from the court. They continued under a roof, and both players served well to remain within one break deficit.

Nadal served for the victory at 5-3 and fired three service winners for match points. He seized the first with an ace to wrap up the triumph and find himself in the third round.