Nadal and Bautista, two Spanish bullets in Wimbledon


The station of Southfields, adorned with purple and green whenever the month of July approaches, welcomed mid-morning to hundreds of people provided with hats, sunscreen, water and fans. It was not rush hour for work, but for tennis. A Supermoon at Wimbledon with the best rackets in the world at stake. None disappointed. They won Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Roberto Bautista. They were fired, to weigh Spanish, Fernando Verdasco, against David Goffin (6-7 (9), 6-2, 3-6 and 4-6), and Carla Suarez, with pride but no options against Serena Williams (6-2 and 6-2).

There are only two national rackets left in Wimbledon. a situation that did not occur since Verdasco himself and David Ferrer reached this round in 2013. However, there are hopes and good tricks to trust that Spanish tennis continues to show strength in this edition of the tournament, as Nadal and Bautista fly over London grass with very good feelings.

The Spaniard opened the center court, with a concentrated look to the maximum and a quick racket to run over an old friend like Joao Sousa without remorse. When you wanted to account for the Portuguese, he was already 4-0 down. That's how fast Nadal moves in this edition. In a jump it is planted in the net for the draw; in two steps, on your side of the track; service points almost free; feet on the line to not let the rival think; anticipations to the movements of the opponent; shortening of the points with cut and deep blows, harmful for any anti-Nadal formula that prepares the contrary. Sousa tried, but he ended up deranged because, without playing too bad, he took a beating care (6-2, 6-2 and 6-2). In fact, the Balearic had only inflicted similar punishment, with only six games against him, once during his entire career at Wimbledon (John Millman in 2017, 6-1, 6-3 and 6-2).

It's Nadal, who slides comfortably and quickly through this exact eight-millimeter green carpet and shows fang. Like all this week, the right responded with speed and effectiveness, the crossed back was iron to open the track, approached with conviction to the network and the legs attacked without a doubt, as a reflex. If all that failed, which he did not, he had in the reverse cut another tool to wash away the plan of the Portuguese, with his eyes always towards his box or towards the sky because there was no nail to hold on to. He said in the preview that the public of the Central would go with the Spanish, he was wrong. The stands turned with him as soon as he saw that there would not be much match: at 14 minutes, 4-0; at 29, 6-2; at the hour and 45 minutes, end.

To understand this Nadal, serve your words. Only gave thirteen points with his serve, and still: "I have to improve the first service," he said on the track itself. Then he explained in more detail: "The percentage of first serves has been 57%; in the previous match, 70%. And they are not just numbers, they are also sensations. Before Tsonga every serve knew that he would go to his goal. Today (yesterday) I felt that I had less precision ». This is Nadal and his demand, always growing.

Also the tournament: fewer and fewer players, more and more tension. Tomorrow, a tall opponent, Sam Querrey, 198 centimeters, a great punch and executioner of, among others, Dominic Thiem in this Wimbledon. "I'll have to be attentive to the options I offer and put up with when I'm playing well," admitted Nadal, only paused when preparing his serve, swiftly in everything else, to avoid further wear.

Even less accumulates Roberto Bautista, finally broken his limit in the All England Tennis Club and with a good record sheet to maintain the illusion. He beat Benoit Paire without complications (6-3, 7-5 and 6-2, in one hour and 52) and cautiously celebrates being among the best eight of the tournament. "Last year I felt terrible watching Wimbledon on television – through injury – and I'm feeling very good. The difference with other years is that we keep working hard at home, without wanting to stop improving. Above all, to make us strong in our pillars. I'm not going to try to get 220 per hour because I know I'm not going to get it, "he explained after submitting, for the seventh time, to French.

Bautista, in his second quarterfinals in a Grand Slam after this year's Australia, has not given up a single set yet and wants to continue the streak. «I'm staying with this Roberto Bautista now, with more experience, more baggage, more complete». Warning for Guido Pella, his next limit. (tagsToTranslate) recovered (t) chronica (t) nadal (t) baptista


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