At Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal defeated Francisco 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. With numerous set and break opportunities, the ninth game quickly developed into a roller coaster.
Cerundolo stopped two attempts at a break and won the third set point for 6-3 and the advantage. In game three of the fourth set, the Argentine won the fifth break opportunity to take the lead and appeared ready to force a tie-breaker.
He had four more chances to make it 4-1, but he saved break points in the following one. Nadal put a lot of effort towards thwarting them while maintaining a one break deficit. In game eight, the Spaniard, who had fallen behind 2-4, pulled the break back to secure a 4-4 tie.
A little while later, he held and applied pressure to the other side. When he came back at 5-4, Nadal seized the opportunity that sent him over the top, winning four straight games to take the lead. “Rafa’s serve caught me off guard a lot.
You might assume that he arranges it or tosses it upside down. Even yet, I was taken aback by his positioning: he served on the line at all the crucial times, whether it was at deuce or when preserving a break point. I informed my coach after the game that luck had nothing to do with it. For twenty years, Rafa has been doing that “Declared Francisco Cerundolo.