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Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek avoid the trap at Wimbledon, not Karolina Pliskova

The great Polish favorite Iga Swiatek showed flaws, but managed to qualify Thursday evening in London for the 3rd round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament – third round of the Grand Slam -, like the Spanish player Rafael Nadal who believes he still has to “progress” to go as far as possible. The women’s table also lost the Czech outgoing finalist Karolina Pliskova (7th world player), eliminated to everyone’s surprise by the 118th world British Katie Boulter (3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4).

Rafael Nadal passed by beating the 106th world Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis (6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3). But as in the 1st round, he gave up a set. “I have to progress, analyzed the Spaniard hotly. The fourth set was better, especially the serve. The forehand too, because I made too many forehand mistakes at the start of the game. “In search of a third coronation on the London lawn (after 2008 and 2010) to bring his record of Grand Slam titles to 23, the Spaniard was nevertheless “very happy” to have qualified for the 3rd round, d especially since he has not played on grass for three years and his defeat in the semi-final against the Swiss player Roger Federer in 2019. Winner of the first two Grand Slam tournaments of the season, the Australian Open and Roland-Garros, the Majorcan will face the 54th Italian world champion Lorenzo Sonego in the next round. Since the start of the tournament, he has not seemed bothered by his left foot affected by a degenerative and incurable disease (Müller-Weiss syndrome) which openly threatens the rest of his career.

Tsitsipas-Kyrgios clash

This fourth day also promised a shock for today Saturday, between Stefanos Tsitsipas, who seems to have found the key to the game on grass, and the boiling Nick Kyrgios, who calmed down after a stormy 1st round. The 5th world Greek quietly defeated the 76th world Australian Jordan Thompson (6-2, 6-3, 7-5) in 2h04 of play. Finalist at Roland-Garros in 2021, three times semi-finalist at the Open from Australia, Tsitsipas had so far only passed the 1st round once on the grass of Wimbledon, in 2018, when he reached the round of 16. “My grass game has evolved in a year. Now I feel at home on the grass, my game adapts perfectly to it”, he underlined with pleasure, saying he was “delighted” to face Kyrgios (40th in the world).

For his part, the Australian swept the 31st Serbian world Filip Krajinovic (6-2, 6-3, 6-1). Without outpourings or drama, unlike Tuesday when he attacked an overage linesman, therefore with insufficient visual faculties according to him, and “disrespectful” spectators, until he spit in the direction of one of them. them, a gesture which led to the opening of an investigation. “I was disappointed with my performance in the first round. And then there was this lack of respect from journalists, and everything else,” he explained, adding that this time he was “very happy with his match” because he had “played really well in all the aspects of (his) game”. “I wanted to prove to everyone that I was really good,” he insisted.

tricky turf

The qualification was more complicated for the world No. 1 Iga Swiatek who even conceded a set to the 138th in the standings, the Dutch player Lesley Pattinama (drafted from the qualifications), before winning (6-4, 4-6 , 6-3) and sign a 37th consecutive victory. “I don’t think about this series. When I step onto the court, I just hope to play my best. But I will do everything to extend the series, ”assured the 21-year-old Polish woman who had not played any preparation tournament on grass after her title in early June on clay at Roland-Garros. “The grass is a tricky surface for me. You can see that I’m not as efficient as on other surfaces. I have generally gained confidence in my game in recent months, but this tournament is tricky and I am still wondering how to play my best tennis here, ”she said. Her next opponent will be the 37th French world player Alizé Cornet for a place in the round of 16.

Finally, the women’s draw gave rise to a moving hug between the 18th Romanian world Simona Halep (ex-n ° 1) and the 190th Belgian world Kirsten Flipkens, whom she had just sent to retirement by beating her (7- 5, 6-4).

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The great Polish favorite Iga Swiatek showed flaws, but managed to qualify Thursday evening in London for the 3rd round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament – third round of the Grand Slam -, like the Spanish player Rafael Nadal who believes he still has to “progress” to go as far as possible. The women’s draw also lost the finalist…

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