Live ticker Lorenzo Sonego – Rafael Nadal (Wimbledon 2022, 3rd round)


Entry and coin toss

At this moment, our protagonists step onto the sacred lawn of Center Court. After a few steps of preparation, which Nadal carried out meticulously as usual, you meet with the French chair umpire Renaud Lichtenstein for the election on the net. The coin falls in favor of the Spaniard, who decides to serve. Then both play a little.


Sonego 2022

In the current season, the semi-finals in the 250cc in Buenos Aires (clay) are the best result. Sonego played in the quarter-finals in Sydney, Córdoba and recently in Stuttgart. The match record is balanced (17 wins, 17 losses).



After more than two hours of play, Paula Badosa used her second match point, beating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová 7:5 and 7:6. This means that Center Court is now free for our men’s match, which should start around 19:35 CEST.


When do we catch the train?

Paula Badosa and Petra Kvitová still haven’t been able to come to an agreement. The match is in the final phase of the second round. A third set is still in the air. First of all we have to be patient at least until around 19:25 CEST.


Two tournament wins for Sonego

The Italian right-hander is currently only 54th in the world rankings, but was 21st last year. The 27-year-old has already played four finals on the ATP tour – Sonego won the first in 2019 in Antalya, the last in 2021 in Eastbourne he lost (both on grass). In April 2021 he celebrated a clay court title in Cagliari, so he has won two tournaments so far. Last season he was also in the semi-finals of the Masters in Rome. In Grand Slam tournaments, Sonego has not yet made it past the round of 16.


Sonego at Wimbledon

Sonego also had to deal with two unseeded opponents in the past few days, fighting Denis Kudla for five sets and almost four hours at the start, but then came through against Hugo Gaston in three sets. The 27th-seeded Italian is playing in Wimbledon for the fourth time, reached the round of 16 twelve months ago, which beckons today if he is successful.


The week of Nadal

This week Nadal played two matches that were almost identical and lasted three and a half and three hours respectively. Against the unseeded Francisco Cerúndolo and Ričardas Berankis, the 2nd seeded Spaniard first won two sets, then gave up the third round to finally end the game in four sets. Even the results were similar: 6:4, 6:3, 3:6, 6:4 and 6:4, 6:4, 4:6, 6:3. Incidentally, the last of his four grass titles was seven years ago, in 2015 in Stuttgart.



In the meantime the tide has turned. Petra Kvitová still lost the set 5:7. The 4th seeded Paula Badosa now has the better cards in the early stages of the second round. However, the women will certainly fight their duel until around 19:00 CEST.


Nadal 2022

What Nadal has achieved again this year alone, despite his chronic foot problems and the interim rib injury, is phenomenal. The man has a match record of 32:3, has appeared in seven tournaments, reached the finals in five cases and won four titles. In addition to the two Grand Slam events, there was a 250 in Melbourne and the 500 in Acapulco (both hard). With that record, no male pro on the Tour can even come close. The Spaniard has a total of 92 tournament victories on the credit side – 22 of them Grand Slams and 36 Masters. The former world number one is Olympic champion in 2008 (singles) and 2016 (doubles) and is currently ranked 4th.


Grand Slam for Nadal?

Rafael Nadal is aiming for the rare feat of winning all four Grand Slam tournaments in a calendar year. The 22-time record major champion already has the Australian and French Open 2022 in the bag. The Mallorcan has also achieved great things at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, has been in the final five times and won the title in 2008 and 2010. Of course, the clay court king feels particularly comfortable in Roland Garros, but the 36-year-old can always be trusted to do anything.


What’s happening on Center Court?

Thanks to a very early break in the first game, Petra Kvitová is about to win the first set on Center Court. But it’s not over yet, which is why we have to be patient. This indicates that our waiting time will probably extend until around 6:45 p.m.


When does it start?

According to the original plans, the start was expected at 5:30 p.m. CEST. However, the first match was already too long. After more than two hours, Cori Gauff lost to her American compatriot Amanda Anisimova in three sets. So the duel between Paula Badosa and Petra Kvitová only begins in these minutes. So we will definitely have to wait until around 6:15 p.m. for our men’s match.



Welcome to the Championships in Wimbledon! On the holy London tennis lawn we are bringing the 3rd round of the individual competitions to the stage today. One of the last matches is on Center Court between Lorenzo Sonego and Rafael Nadal.

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