Sunday, August 7, 2022

Ruthless Rafael Nadal sends Lorenzo Sonego to Wimbledon. ATP Tour

Rafael Nadal wasted little time to seal his spot after beating Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Saturday evening.

In his best performance of the week, the Spaniard lit up the center court with his aggressive striking and all-court game. The 36-year-old destroyed the ball in front of Sonego from all angles, displaying a clever touch to the net to move forward after two hours and four minutes.

Nadal said in his on-court interview, “No doubt it was my best match against the toughest player I’ve ever had in the championship here. I was able to raise my level, so I’m very happy for that.” . I wish Lorenzo all the best for the rest of the season.”

The performance was in contrast to Nadal’s first two games in the championship, where he struggled to find his best level in four-set victories over Francisco Cerundolo and Ricardas Beranquis. However, against Sonego, the world No. 4 showed his title rivals that he meant business in his quest for a record 23rd Grand Slam title.

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Nadal arrived in London – where he seeks a third Wimbledon crown – winning the first two Majors of the season for the first time in his career. World No. 4, who is now 33-3 in the season, will next play Dutchman Boutique van de Zandschulp in a rematch of their recent Roland Garros clash as he looks to continue his unbeaten 2022 Slam record.

“I feel very lucky to still be able to play at my age,” Nadal said. “I never thought this was going to happen 10 years ago. So just want to say thank you to everyone for supporting me.”

Nadal flew off the block against Sonego in his first ATP Head2Head meeting, pulling the Italian from corner to corner with his heavy forehand. The Spaniard took the ball early with both wings to take time off Sonego, firing 14 winners in the first two sets to regain complete control.

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With his foot on the gas, Nadal continued to dictate in the third set, causing further trouble for Sonego. Nadal was leading 4-2, the roof was closed due to dim lights. When they returned, the Spaniard’s concentration had subsided for a while, with Songo back at level 4–4. However, this was all done to fire Nadal, with the second seed quickly expanding his depth to return, before progressing to the fourth round at the All England Lawn Tennis Club for the 10th time.

Sonego, who overtook Dennis Kudla and Hugo Gaston earlier this week, was aiming for a second time in the last 16 at Wimbledon, having enjoyed a run at that stage in 2021.

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