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Wimbledon 2022: Rafael Nadal apologizes to opposition after third round test exchange. tennis news

Rafael Nadal apologized for defeating Wimbledon rival Lorenzo Sonego after a testy exchange in the closing stages of his third-round clash on Saturday. Second-seeded Nadal, champion in 2008 and 2010, reached the fourth round for the 10th time with 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 wins. The 36-year-old needed a four-setter in a row to make it to the third round and was expected to be tested by Sonego, who made it to the fourth round last year.

However, Nadal did not suffer a break point until he left serve in the eighth game of the third set, his focus possibly being affected by a stoppage to close the roof of the center court.

He quickly broke back and sealed the victory.

Nadal, however, appeared troubled by the noise the Italian was making on the court.

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He also called Sonego over to the net to discuss his displeasure, while the two had another long conversation after shaking hands.

Nadal said, “I have to say that I was wrong. I shouldn’t have called him on the net. So apologize for that. That’s my fault. Never mind. I recognize it.”

“It’s something I talked about with her in the locker room and it stays there. The only thing I can say is that I’ve seen her in person.

“I never intended to upset him. Just to point out one thing that was bothering me that I think he was doing at that moment, but that is it.

“We had some issues there, but that’s all.”

Nadal has already won the Australian Open and French Open in 2022 and is halfway to the first men’s calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver achieved the feat in 1969.

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“It was without a doubt my best match during the championship, against the toughest player I’ve ever faced,” Nadal said.

“I’m so happy to be able to raise my level.”

Nadal will next take on 21st seed Bottic van de Jandschulp of the Netherlands for a place in the quarter-finals.

The 26-year-old van de Zandschulp made his debut at the All England Club with a 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-1 win over French legend Richard Gasquet in the last 16. ,

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Nadal won his 14th French Open title last month by defeating the Dutchman in straight sets.

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