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Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal beats Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets

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Day Six: The Championships - Wimbledon 2022

Rafael Nadal has won Wimbledon twice (Picture: Getty)

Rafael Nadal apologized for his behavior after beating Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Nadal went through the first two sets 6-1, 6-2, but got a run for his money in the third that ended 6-4, with the 22-time grand slam winner getting frustrated with his opponent.

The Spaniard called on Sonego in the last few games to say what he considered to be unsportsmanlike conduct, much to the Italian’s chagrin and confusion.

Day Six: The Championships - Wimbledon 2022

Lorenzo Sonego is 32nd in the world rankings (Photo: Getty)

Asked what he said to Sonego, Nadal said after the game: “Not spicy at all, I didn’t take it from the bottom of my heart in a negative way.

“I’m sorry if I bothered him, but I did it the right way. I feel really bad now when I bother him, so I feel sorry for that. That’s it, I’ll talk to him afterwards, but this isn’t a problem.

“Probably my best game here in the championships without a doubt, against the toughest player I’ve encountered. I’ve been able to raise my level, I’m super happy about that and I wish Lorenzo Sonego all the best for the season, he’s a great player on grass. I think he has a great future here.

The 36-year-old was also asked how his condition was and replied: ‘It’s always a tricky thing.

“I’ve had some serious injuries in my career, but somehow I’m lucky to still be able to play at my age. I never thought that would happen 10 years ago, so I feel lucky, so thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey.”

Nadal will face Van de Zandschulp in the fourth round.

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