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Nadal overcomes Berankis and discomfort and reaches the third round of Wimbledon


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has that ability Rafael Nadal, also exemplary, of winning without playing well or easily or brilliantly, as he has accustomed the staff. Also these victories of seasoning and honor, when tennis and legs get locked, work and train, an example of perseverance when the rest does not seem to accompany. “It’s important to accept that things don’t always go perfectly,” he explains. The Balearic is more than aware that the body cannot be put at one hundred percent during all the minutes of all the matches of a Grand Slam and that even the head is not always clear. And he shakes off the sweat, and the rain, the Balearic, in the third round with another game of being there, of enduring the rival successes, that there were many of Ricardas Berankis (106 in the world), and get up from their own mistakes (39), which also occurred. Happy Nadal for the result and for that other option to continue improving. There is room and confidence is also coming with matches like this, to win despite oneself.

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Así hemos contado el directo Nadal – Berankis]

These matches serve to adjust the lines. And Nadal saves a complicated start in which the distances do not adjust: either he hits too far or too close to the ball. There was no clear day and no nimble legs. And Berankis finds a way to hurt the rest, as Cerúndolo already did in the premiere. The Lithuanian was fast, very good with a backhand, shortens Nadal’s reaction time, who is already at the ball at the feet before the end of the service movement. He also moves well in the net, to which he climbs and finds a prize because the effects of the Spanish do not come with bite. But there is capacity to respond. Effective responses, there will be time for brilliance. Nadal appeals backwards, which he crosses very well, because the right has his ups and downs.

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The Balearic endures until Berankis, who has never passed the second round at Wimbledon, can be overcome by inexperience and that pressure that the mere presence of Nadal gets hooked on the rival’s hands when they have to serve to stay in the set. The Lithuanian gets dizzy in the tenth game and the Spaniard is encouraged with another fist, still modest, because he takes the partial forward with that ability to endure and do what he has to. That, there will be time for flourishes.

I let Berankis down until he caught a break early in the second set. That’s how Nadal is and that’s how the Lithuanian takes advantage, with a fine hand for drops and volleys against a Spaniard who doesn’t find comfort, but who always finds a way to activate himself. At the first opportunity to recover the break, suddenly, the legs begin to activate, he presses one step further into the track and Tremors in Berankis. The Nadal formula when the magic does not appear.

Lifting the break adds one more ingredient, confidence. With it, the right begins to file the errors, to adjust to the lines and threaten the parallel. That increase in confidence allows scratching up to four set balls, which converts the rest because this is Nadal, the one who again causes tremors in the Lithuanian.

There is relief on the scoreboard, but not on the track, in which Berankis presses down, subtracting time from time. That tennis is moved by sensations, especially at the limit of vertigo, has its expression here: Berankis trembles at the limit of the sets, but shows firmness at the beginning: another break at the beginning of the third set that this time he does catch hard and until the end. The first serve of the Spaniard, despite the 12 aces, is still not tight (65%), and the Lithuanian finds in that loophole the reward of his good work and knowing how to take advantage of the difficulties of others.

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He extends the game, a fourth set, but it is Nadal who finds the last ingredient in the shadows of the central court: now, forgetting the past, ignoring the future. It’s not all done, but it’s a better version of himself, the one he needs, that interrupts the rain about 50 minuteswhen there was already a promising 3-0 of things to come.

Indoors, the best Nadal. The rain seems to wash away the discomfort and activate leg speed. Fresh the Balearic even allows himself already fists and shouts to the air; clear tension and conviction: the wind is gone, tennis is. It ends with sensations and rights that allow him to add confidence. And with an ace. smiles. Not only for this match, victory over the bag and third round, but for those who remain. He wins with mistakes, with suffering, with work, with the perspective that there is room to raise the level, to win himself. As usual.


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