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Nadal, willing to continue “surviving” today against Berankis at Wimbledon

“In sports, everything changes very quickly.” It is one of the laws in the usual decalogue of Rafael Nadal. That is why he is not very fond of making predictions about the paintings. In Australia he had to drop four top-10s on the way to be the champion. Roland Garros welcomed the expected crossing of him with Novak Djokovicnot in front of Carlos Alcaraz who gave his place to Alexander Zverev, who was injured playing the semifinals.

The forecasts announced complications for the Manacorí at Wimbledon. Most are collapsing: it will not be the ‘gunner’ Sam Querrey his rival today in the second round, but the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, 32 years old and 106 in the world. From the scene of the round of 16 and semifinals, goodbye to Marin Cilic and Matteo Berrettini, both by Covid. The quarter ante hypothesis Felix Auger-Aliasimus disappeared with the defeat of the Canadian and pupil of his uncle Toni.

There are still dangerous obstacles on the horizon, more on grass, but Nadal studies the present because he depends on himself in normal conditions. And they are not yet in sporting terms, according to his assessment. “Against Ricardas it will be another day, and you have to be humble enough to accept the challenge that the situation is not perfect at the moment. You have to accept it”, he analyzes about his goal of recovering the competitive memory on grass, in which he did not compete the previous three years. “I almost forgot,” he means.


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suffered against Francisco Cerundolo, hopes that not so much before Berankis since that shooting should serve in the adaptation process. “You have to find a way to move forward with what I have now. Because every day that he manages to survive, there will be more chances that he will start playing at a much higher level”, said Rafa Nadal. He doesn’t have all his arsenal ready, the one that made him the champion in 2008 and 2010, but he works to acquire it.

He defeated Berankis 6-2, 7-5 at the Melbourne ATP. Barring an accident, Nadal has to dominate and progress. Focused and cautious. Living to a day, sweeter when the pain in his left foot has subsided, he no longer has to inject himself with an anesthetic before matches as he did in Roland Garros. The new treatment after Paris continues to work.

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