Wimbledon | Berankis vs Nadal

Ricardas Berankis vs Rafael Nadal | Wimbledon Match and betting preview 

The biggest enemy of every elite athlete is time. It has to be a disconcerting feeling to realize that no matter how talented or dominant your favorite athlete is, time will eventually come for their ability to consistently perform at the highest level. 

Watching an elite athlete’s abilities slowly get eroded by time is often a sad sight. However, once in a while the extraordinary happens and the rarest of elite talents refuses to acquiesce meekly and inexplicably continues to win, bludgeoning opponents and father time into submission.  

Rafael Nadal is one such athlete.  

Read on for our match preview of the legendary Spainard’s second-round match against Lithuanian, Ricardas Berankis as he attempts to extend his Grand Slam total lead over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.  

Ricardas Berankis vs Rafael Nadal H2H 

This is an obvious mismatch. Nadal is ranked 4th while Berankis is currently #106th on the ATP rankings.  

That will mean little to the intense Nadal, especially with Serena Williams’ shocking first-round exit yesterday still fresh. 

The two players have also met once, earlier this year. Nadal won that matchup 6-2, 7-5. 

Form guide 

Berankis has won just one of his last five games and lost the other four. Nadal, on the other hand, has been absolutely dominant recently. The Spanish legend has won all of his last five games, including wins over Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic. 

Injuries 

That Nadal is still this dominant at this age is a big surprise. What makes the feat even more astonishing is that he has nursed a chronic foot injury since 2005.

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Author: Clayton Kuhn