Wimbledon 2022: Rafael Nadal beats Sonego but what a controversy!



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Wimbledon 2022: Rafael Nadal beats Sonego but what a controversy!

After the round of 16 with Roger Federer, Lorenzo Sonego allows himself the luxury of the Wimbledon Center Court also with Rafael Nadal. Compared to challenge number one, obviously in completely different circumstances, the one with the very Spanish champion turns out to be decidedly more complicated.

Technically and tactically. Paralyzed by tension, and obviously also by a rather low technical-tactical performance, the Turin player never really manages to enter the game or control the game from the baseline. Nadal, the best Nadal of the tournament, contributes with a surreal percentage of points with his service (needless to say the only two points he loses in the first set he loses them with two double faults) and above all with a very precise scheme, more proactive and almost lacking of unforced errors.

Even near the network, the performance is practically perfect. Nadal closes the first set with a very clear 6-1 and delivers the decisive shoulder always at the start in the next two sets. Some trouble only after the closure of the cause-darkness roof (at 4-2) with Nadal who leaves the service on the road in a fairly rough way and who still restores the hierarchies at 4-4.

The final batting round is circumstantial, with the very Spanish champion who in the middle 'wand' Sonego for the prolonged "grunts" during the exchanges (only to apologize in the sideline interview at the end of the match) and returns to reappear in the second week of the Championships .

The other results of the day

The story of Jason Kubler continues, who after passing the sieve of qualifications overtakes Jack Sock in five sets and for the first time in his career reaches the fourth round in a Grand Slam tournament.

All easy also for Brandon Nakashima, also poor in problems the day of Botis Van de Zandschulp with Richard Gasquet. The Dutch player will face Nadal in the round of 16, already beaten by the very Spanish champion on the red brick of Bois de Boulogne this season.

On the women's scoreboard, however, there is the extraordinary victory of Paula Badosa, who remedies a false start with Petra Kvitova and who keeps her nerve even in the heart of the second set. After the initial 7-5, she trivially plays the second set tie break better and closes at 7-5 7-6 (4). The round of 16 match with Simona Halep was fascinating.