Wimbledon, 3rd round: Rafael Nadal masters Lorenzo Sonego (6-1, 6-2, 6-4) and qualifies for the 8th

He clearly raised his voice. After two somewhat hesitant first rounds during which he dropped two sets, Rafael Nadal found his cruising speed on grass on Saturday against Lorenzo Sonego, seeded 27 in the tournament, in the third round of Wimbledon. On the Center Court, the Majorcan delivered an almost flawless performance to win in three sets (6-1, 6-2, 6-4) and just over two hours (2h04 of play). In the round of 16, he will be opposed to the Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, who fell earlier in the day for Richard Gasquet.

The first week he traditionally dreads is now behind him. And Rafael Nadal finished it with a bang, enough to give him many hopes of pursuing his dream of a calendar Grand Slam. Faced with the potentially most dangerous opponent of this start to the fortnight for him, he pressed the accelerator frankly, going it alone almost from the first to the last point.

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Only the deployment of the roof almost disturbed Nadal

Almost and not totally, because the Mallorcan had a slight and short moment of hesitation at the end of the game. While leading by two sets and a break (6-1, 6-2, 4-2), the match was interrupted for a few minutes so that the roof of the Center Court was deployed. No showers on the horizon: it was a question of using artificial lighting to finish this 3rd lap in good visibility conditions. But when the game resumed, Nadal needed more time to adapt to the new conditions and conceded the white break against a suddenly overexcited Sonego.

The loud encouragement from the Italian was not to the liking of the Spaniard, who went to talk to him about it at the net. A rare scene, which may have disturbed Sonego. Still, the latter lost his serve again in the process, against a Nadal more offensive than ever who was quick to seal the deal. The two men also exchanged their views on the subject again during the handshake.

This sequence, as surprising as it is, should not, however, make us forget the quality of Nadal’s match. In service, the Mallorcan was particularly very authoritarian. His constant aggression and ball length stifled Sonego, who suffered a series of 9 games between 1-1 and 6-1, 4-0. The Italian, without a solution, had the merit of hanging on in the third set to give more chills to the spectators. But let it be said, the Spaniard is now well and truly launched in this fortnight.

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