Rafael Nadal secures Wimbledon round 3 over Berankis

It wasn't perfect once again but Rafael Nadal got the job done against Ricardas Berankis 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-3 to move on at Wimbledon.

It was a very Nadal-like performance where the Spaniard essentially got the first set without doing anything special. You could even argue that Berankis was the better player considering he was able to create a break chance first. Still, at 5-4, he played a terrible game and lost the set. That's how it goes against Nada. The 2nd set opened with improved play by Berankis.

Nadal was a bit lacklustre, quite similar to the way he played against Cerundolo and Ricardas was able to take a 3-1 lead. Then Nadal found his rhythm again going 3-0 taking a 4-3 lead. He then went on to close out the 2nd set with 6-4. Berankis was unable to keep up the strong play from the baseline. He was able to keep it up in the 3rd set.

Some shaky play early by Nadal gave the Lithuanian a 2-0 lead. He almost made it a double break lead later on but the Spaniard was able to hold on. Nadal was unable to create much pressure on return though so we went into a 4th set after a 6-4 triumph for the Lithuanian.

Berankis opened the 4th in very poor fashion. Nadal immediately jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after which play stopped due to rain. It continued about an hour later with Nadal holding serve and cruising to a 6-3 finish. A victory, but a shaky one.

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