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Ricardas Berankis vs Rafael Nadal | Wimbledon

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 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. He has managed that superbly, however. That is not expected to be a major factor in this game. 

Berankis is fully fit and will be hopeful of securing a stunning upset. 

Key stats 

  • Berankis has a 4-17 record on grass, compared to Nadal’s 71-20 grass record on grass. 
  • Overall, the mismatch is clearer. Berankis’s record is 124-146 while Nadal’s record is a ridiculous 1056-211. 
  • Berankis has won zero grass titles while Nadal has four and is gunning for his fifth. 
  • Over 20 games in their sole meeting that ended 6-2, 7-5 in Nadal’s favor, the Spainard won 13 games to Berankis’s 7 wins. 
  • In their respective first-round games, Berankis had better stats, however. The Lithuanian recorded 36 winners and had just 11 unforced errors. Nadal’s win over Cerundolo was underwhelming; he recorded just 23 winners and made 41 unforced errors.  

Prediction 

Bet on: 

  • Under 29.5 games @ 1.97. If Nadal makes short work of Berankis as expected, this will be an easy way to make a quick killing. 
  • Nadal to win @ 1.11 

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