Cerundolo: "Rafael Nadal like a ferocious beast"

In a recent interview, Francisco Cerundolo recalled his match against Rafael Nadal in the first round of Wimbledon 2022. Despite being defeated, the Argentinian showed a great performance and risked bringing the contest to the fifth set

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Cerundolo: "Rafael Nadal like a ferocious beast"

In a recent interview, Francisco Cerundolo recalled his match against Rafael Nadal in the first round of Wimbledon 2022. Despite being defeated, the Argentinian showed a great performance and risked bringing the contest to the fifth set.

He said: "Half an hour before the game I started feeling nervous. As I was walking from the locker room to the pitch through the internal corridors, I heard Rafael Nadal's footsteps behind me. It seemed to me that a lion was coming.

I managed to manage my nerves well during the match, otherwise I would certainly have made a bad impression. I was in danger of suffering a triple 6-1. Even though I lost, I played a great game and enjoyed every moment on Center Court." A few days ago, the Majorcan received a beautiful tribute from Jack Draper: "The way Rafa behaves on the tennis court is a great inspiration for everyone.

Nadal fights to win every single point and never loses his humility. You can learn a lot of lessons from such an athlete."

Rafa's season

Rafael Nadal was one of the great protagonists of the first part of the season. The former world number 1, returning from a poor 2021 due to injuries, won the Australian Open and Roland Garros dispelling any doubts about his competitiveness.

In addition to having removed the specter of retirement, the Spanish phenomenon has guaranteed an excellent chance of ending the year at the top of the ATP ranking. Daniil Medvedev will have to defend many points between now and the end of the season, while Novak Djokovic risks not being able to fly to the United States as he is not vaccinated against the Coronavirus.

After undergoing foot treatment with Dr Cotorro, the 36-year-old from Manacor went on a hunt for his third seal at Wimbledon. Rafa went all the way to the semifinal, but had to give up the challenge against Nick Kyrgios due to a tear in his abs. The 22-time Grand Slam champion has already resumed training and will return to the court in Cincinnati.

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