Rafael Nadal continued his quest for the calendar Grand Slam at the first round of Wimbledon 2022 and though it was not a straight-set win, the performance was clinical enough. Nadal’s opponent Francisco Cerundolo, the young Argentine presented a gritty challenge as the match lasted more than three and a half hours. Nadal won the grueling match 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, and Cerundolo to his credit played a brilliant match against the 22-time Grand Slam champion.
Nadal would like to reduce the unforced errors in the upcoming matches to make it more difficult for his opponents to snatch a set away from him, but after a long match Nadal has finally made a winning return at SW19 and he continues his prowl for the 23rd Grand Slam title. He came through when he needed to play his best tennis, winning the fourth set and the match after coming back from a down a breakpoint would be a great takeaway boost for Rafa.
“Today was an important test” Rafael Nadal on his victorious return at Wimbledon 2022.
Rafa credited Cerundolo for his exceptional performance, he said: “First of all, yes, all credit to Fran. I think he started to play great, he was a very tough opponent. It’s tough three years without being here and playing in this amazing place. I’m very happy to be back.”
He continued: “The last three years I didn’t put a foot on a grass court so it takes a while! This was my first match. Every day is a test, today was an important test…the victory is the most important thing.” Cerundolo was tough nut to crack, but this win should give Nadal a lot of confidence going forward.
Finally, Rafa concluded: “When you play well in Roland-Garros there is not much time between, I used to remember this, all the beautiful days I was playing the final at Roland-Garros and then the next day practising at Queen’s, but my body does not allow me to do this any more.” “The most important thing is that I am at Wimbledon 2022 and I won my first match.”
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