Rafael Nadal Advances At Wimbledon After Surviving First Round Chaos

Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round at Wimbledon after surviving a difficult first-round test and the Covid-19 controversy in his half of the draw.

Nadal survived and progressed over Argentina’s Francisco Cerndolo, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, in 3 hours, 33 minutes, after winning the first two legs of the calendar Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

He is now 15-0 in majors this season, having won the Australian and French Opens to bring his career total to 22 Grand Slam singles victories.

“The most important thing is that I’m going to Wimbledon in 2022 and I won the first match,” Nadal remarked on the court.

So far, Nadal has avoided the Covid upheaval in his side of the draw, which forced last year’s runner-up, Matteo Berrettini, and Marin Cilic to withdraw.

In the fourth round, Nadal was set to face Cilic, the 2017 Wimbledon runner-up, and Berrettini in the semifinals.

After getting the illness, Czech players Barbora Krejcikova and Marie Bouzkova withdrew from the French Open.

“At some time… we could have all had the illness,” former world number 11 Alize Cornet told reporters following her triumph at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

“Yes, I believe there have been a few cases at Roland Garros, and it’s a tacit understanding between us.” We’re not going to self-test in order to get in trouble.

Following that, I noticed girls wearing masks, maybe because they knew and didn’t want to spread the word.

Wimbledon has not imposed Covid-19 restrictions this year, and immunisation and testing are not required for players to compete.

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Meanwhile, Nadal is returning to Wimbledon for the first time since 2019 and seeks his first Wimbledon victory since 2010. In the final, he will face No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic has stated that he is motivated to win his fourth Wimbledon title because he is not now eligible to compete in the US Open because he has not been vaccinated against Covid-19.

“It’s apparent that it’s been three years for me without playing here, without being on this incredible surface, so I’m really delighted to be back,” Nadal said.

“[Grass] is not a surface we play on very often,” he remarked. And, in my situation, I haven’t stepped foot on a grass court in three years, have I? So always take your time… Every day, as I know, is a test, and today was one of these essential exams, no?”

Nadal revealed after winning his 14th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam championship on June 5 that he planned to have radiofrequency ablation, which utilises heat on the nerve to relieve long-term discomfort, but that if that treatment did not work, he would have to contemplate surgery.

The tennis star has Mueller-Weiss disease, a rare degenerative ailment affecting the bones in the foot.

He stated that he played through the French Open due to many anaesthetic injections he had during the competition.

“I know that in the start of the tournament, especially given my physical stature when I got here,” he said of Wimbledon, “the victory is the most important thing because it allows me to prepare tomorrow and have another match in two days.” And, without a doubt, I am grateful.”

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