Rafael Nadal defeats Ricardas Berankis to advance to the third round of Wimbledon

It was the second time in the tournament that Nadal had lost a set after defeating Francisco Cerundolo earlier in the week as he started the chase for a 23rd Grand Slam title.

The Spaniard will likely have to improve his skills on the grass to claim his third Wimbledon title, especially with the top seed and opponent. Novak Djokovic playing in such a dominant manner the day before.

“Every day is a challenge, it’s true. All rivals are difficult,” Nadal said in an interview on the court.

“We are playing against the best players in the world… Every day is an opportunity to improve and today I finished so it gives me a chance to continue – very happy about it.”

Nadal is in contention to complete the calendar Grand Slam this year, having already won the Australian and French Opens.

After Nadal took the first two sets, Beranquis finished in second place. World No. 106, bounced back in third thanks to an early break in the pitch.

In the fourth match, there was a 50-minute delay due to rain to allow time for the roof to be closed, but Nadal was already leading 3-0 in the set and soon ended the match just over three hours after play resumed.

On Saturday, the 36-year-old will face 27th-placed Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the third round.