Nadal - Van de Zandschulp | Schedule and where to watch the Wimbledon round of 16

Rafael Nadal will be in the round of 16 at Wimbledon after defeating Lorenzo Sonego in three sets and just over two hours (6-1, 6-2, 6-4).

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04 July 2022 Monday 05:56
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Nadal - Van de Zandschulp | Schedule and where to watch the Wimbledon round of 16

Rafael Nadal will be in the round of 16 at Wimbledon after defeating Lorenzo Sonego in three sets and just over two hours (6-1, 6-2, 6-4). It was a match marked by a gesture from the Spaniard, who caught the attention of his rival in the third set for lengthening his shouts after hitting the ball, which distracted Nadal from hitting back. In the next round awaits the Dutchman Van de Zandschulp, who beat Gasquet in a more demanding match.

Number 4 and number 25 in the ATP ranking will meet today, July 4, starting at 5:45 p.m. (Spanish time) for a place in the quarterfinals. The match can be seen live on the channel

Nadal was far superior to Sonego throughout the match, and this was reflected in the final score. The first set was shot, with three blank games for the Spaniard. In the second set he was up 4-0 and, although the Italian offered resistance and took two games, it was too late to think of a comeback.

Already in the third, Sonego raised a 4-2 and equalized the score. It was at that moment that Nadal got fed up with his rival. As he later explained, the number 54 in the world lengthened his screams for a few seconds after the blows. That, together with the fact that the roof of the dance floor had closed and the sound multiplied, distracted Rafa, and he let him know in the middle of the set, calling him to the network to talk to him.

In the press conference after the game, Nadal was repentant. "I feel bad if he has upset you, in no case have I done it in a negative way," he apologized. "We are among colleagues, who see each other every week. There are some codes within a tennis court that have to be respected. I think I was wrong to call the network and tell him things. I should have told him in the change sides or wait for the referee to tell him," he rectified.

For his part, Sonego, who since then did not win any more games and was defeated, later assured that the Spaniard's gesture affected him: "A player should not call his opponent into the net. You cannot do it at Wimbledon. Nadal should have talking to the chair umpire. It distracted me".

Overcome the episode, Van de Zandschulp will be the next hurdle in the Manacorí's path. The Dutchman arrives after beating Gasquet in four sets (7-5, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1) and with great respect for his rival: "Playing against Rafa at Roland Garros is the greatest possible challenge in tennis It's going to be a tough game." However, this is not Roland Garros, and here Van de Zandschulp is more confident: "He hasn't played many matches on grass in the last couple of years, you see him suffer a bit. I think I can hurt him on grass." .

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