Young gun Rafael Nadal said, “Rafael stunned me with.

This year, Rafael Nadal attended Wimbledon after missing the previous one in 2021. Since losing in the Roland Garros championship match, Nadal had not played in an official match since. Franciscso Cerundolo was defeated by Rafa 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in three hours and 33 minutes to advance to the second round.

Nadal was aware that his performance was not the best. He did, however, point out that he hadn’t played on this surface in a while. Speaking of the Wimbledon encounter, Cerundolo praised the Spaniard’s serve, which nearly always connected on the mark at important times.

Rafa struggled on the second serve while attempting to impose his strokes in the opening match, far from his best. After missing the first, the Spaniard was two from 10, making four birdies but making 14 unforced mistakes. Nevertheless, after surviving four of five break points and providing two comeback games, 6-4 was the result.

Before Cerundolo broke him in the following game to turn the match around, Nadal had established a 3-1 lead. Rafa faced a difficult challenge in game nine, but he survived three break opportunities and won the second break opportunity to win 6-4 in 54 minutes.

In the second set, the Spaniard improved and lost just seven points in his games to maintain pressure on the opposition. The 22-time Major champion snatched half of the points on first-served returns and won the crucial break.

Rafa avoided that lone break point in game five and capitalized on the foe’s mistake in game six to win 4-2. In game eight, Cerundolo saved two set chances on his serve to close the gap before Nadal held at love to win 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 42 minutes.

Rafa broke in the third game of the third set to advance into the finish line with momentum on his side. A return winner by Francisco locked the score at 2-2 a few minutes later and increased his chances.

In game eight, Nadal netted an errant volley to face two break opportunities, saving the first with a forehand crosscourt winner.

At Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal defeated Franciscso Cerundolo in the opening round.

Rafa lost the second game 5-3 after netting a backhand, giving his opponent the opportunity to serve out the set.

The tenth game developed into a roller coaster with numerous set and break opportunities. Cerundolo saved a third set point for a 6-3 victory and a boost after thwarting two break attempts. In game three of the fourth set, the Argentine won the fifth break opportunity to take the lead.

He had four more chances to make it 4-1, but he saved break points in the following one. To keep the deficit at one break, Nadal worked hard to defeat them. In game eight, the Spaniard recovered after falling down 4-2 and broke to tie the match at 4-4.

A little while later, he held and applied pressure to the other side. In game 10, Rafa once more broke the tie to win four straight games and move on to the next round. “Rafa’s serve caught me off guard a lot. You might assume that he arranges it or tosses it upside down.

However, I was taken aback by his positioning: he served on the line at all crucial times, whether it was at deuce or when preserving a break point “Declared Francisco Cerundolo.