Rafael Nadal overcame a scare in his Wimbledon opener on Tuesday, preventing again from dropping the third set and falling a break down within the fourth to finally see off Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.
Second seed Nadal, taking part in on grass for the primary time since his 2019 Wimbledon semi-final loss to Roger Federer, triumphed 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 over Forty first-ranked Cerundolo, who was making his All England Membership debut.
However the 36-year-old Spaniard, who has already captured the Australian and French Opens this 12 months to face midway to the primary males’s calendar Slam since 1969, did it the exhausting method.
After coasting by means of the primary two units on Centre Courtroom, he surrendered an early break within the third set after which needed to claw his method again from 3-1 and 4-2 down within the fourth.
“Three years with out being right here on this wonderful floor, it’s wonderful to be again,” mentioned Nadal.
“We don’t play fairly often on grass, particularly in my case. Within the final three years I didn’t put a foot on the grass.”
Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion, arrived on the match with query marks over his sturdiness for the 2 weeks having performed the complete French Open along with his troublesome left foot anaesthetised.
He has since undergone a course of radiofrequency stimulation, a therapy aimed toward lowering nerve ache in his foot.
“Each day is a check. I’m initially of the match and everybody is aware of the troublesome circumstances that I had,” he mentioned.
“However for me crucial factor is that I’m at Wimbledon in 2022 and I gained the primary match.”
Nadal will tackle Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania for a spot within the final 32.
The Spaniard’s bid for a 3rd title on the match was boosted earlier Tuesday when 2021 runner-up Matteo Berrettini, a possible semi-final opponent, withdrew after testing optimistic for Covid.