Ricardas Berankis tried his best to hold Rafael Nadal but he couldn’t as Nadal limped past into the 3rd round of Wimbledon singles 2022.
The second seed duly prevailed 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the third round, but his 307th Grand Slam victory, which moved him over tennis Martina Navratilova and into fourth place overall, will not stick in his mind for very long.
Uneven pitch The world number 106 never appeared to pose a major threat to Nadal’s attempt to complete the calendar-year Slam, but he is aware that in order to win his third Wimbledon championship, he will need to play far better in the rounds to come.
The numbers pretty well spoke for themselves, with Nadal committing 39 more unforced errors than victories, which is rare.
The Lithuanian Berankis hit the ball with precision and frequently held his own against Nadal, but he gave up a gritty opening set when he made a string of unforced errors when down 5-4.