Rafael Nadal overcame a scare in his Wimbledon opener on Tuesday, combating again from dropping the third set and falling a break down within the fourth to finally see off Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo. Second seed Nadal triumphed 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 over Forty first-ranked Cerundolo, who was making his All England Membership debut.
However the 36-year-old Spaniard, who has already captured the Australian and French Opens this yr to face midway to the primary mens’s calendar Slam since 1969, did it the laborious approach.
After coasting by means of the primary two units on Centre Courtroom, he surrendered an early break within the third set after which needed to claw his approach again from 3-1 and 4-2 down within the fourth.
Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion, will tackle Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania for a spot within the final 32.
The Spaniard’s bid for a 3rd title on the event was boosted earlier Tuesday when 2021 runner-up Matteo Berrettini, a possible semi-final opponent, withdrew after testing constructive for Covid.
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