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Rafael Nadal battles into Wimbledon third round, admitting: 'Every day is a challenge'

Rafael Nadal admits that 'every day is a challenge' right now at Wimbledon, but he knows there is a lot more to come from him.
Rafael Nadal forehand Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal says 'every day is a challenge' at Wimbledon, but also an opportunity to improve.

Nadal moved into the third round with a 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Ricardas Berankis, although he was once again short of his best.

That is not something that is worrying him, though. In fact, he says more credit should be given to his opponents rather than him simply being expected to brush them aside.

“Every day is a challenge, that's the truth," Nadal told reporters after the match.

"All the opponents are difficult. We're playing against the best players in the world. Especially in these conditions, it is a little bit more difficult for me as I didn't play much on grass for the last three years.

"Every day is an opportunity to improve and today I'm through. That gives me the chance to keep going and I’m very happy for that."

Rafael Nadal was making an unusual number of forehand errors and they eventually caught up with him in the third set, which he lost.

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However, he tidied that up and was ultimately happy with how he closed the match out.

“I think the fourth set was much better," Nadal explained. "I think was a good level of tennis in the fourth set and the serve worked much better at the end of the match.

"I was able to play a little bit more aggressive with the forehead. In the beginning, there were too many mistakes, but that's a process."

Nadal will face Frenchman Lorenzo Sonego next after he beat compatriot Hugo Gaston 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-4 in his second round match. It will be his first ever match against the Italian, who is the ranked 54 in the world.

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