Rafael Nadal fought harder than expected to overcome Francisco Cerundolo at Wimbledon. The former world number one, who has not walked the London lawns for three years, responded proudly in the fourth set and prevented the game from going into the fifth.
Throughout his career, the Spanish phenom has often looked vulnerable in the early rounds of this tournament only to improve significantly in the second week. 2022 has brought many joys to Rafa so far; Just think that the 36-year-old native of Manacor has won two Grand Slams and won the first 20 matches played this year.
The Iberian thus climbed to 22 Majors and surpassed Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the overall standings. With his triumph at Melbourne Park, Nadal became the fourth man in history to win all the Grand Slams at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson).
We’ll see if the Mallorcan can pull off another feat at Church Road. Andy Roddick praised Nadal’s net improvement via his Twitter profile.
Roddick praises Rafa Nadal
“Rafael Nadal may have the best volleys in the world.
They don’t talk about him because he doesn’t come up that often. I like to see it on the grass. Similar to Hewitt. A short list of the best volleys of our generation. I just haven’t had to do it as often,” Roddick wrote.
Former No. 1 doubles player Mark Woodforde recently said on the US Open podcast that he considers Nadal to be the best volleyball player in the game today. “Even when I’m commentating and watching now, when I see Nadal hit the net today, I say it quite often, I think he’s the best volleyer in our game today,” Woodforde said.
“His technique isn’t always the prettiest, but he always volleys in the open court. I hit a ton of low volleys and a ton of half volleys. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this guy hit a half volley, always in the right spot.”
The Wimbledon Championships, one of the most traditionally rich tennis tournaments, whose roots go back to 1877. The tournament has a number of customs and traditions that have been followed since then. One of them is a white garment.
After her first round victory over Jodie Anna Burrage on Monday, Lesia Tsurenko headed into the media interaction. During the interaction, she expressed her desire to wear something to show support for her country. “Can we wear the ribbon to the game?” she asked reporters.