Rafael Nadal sweeps aside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to progress into second week of Wimbledon – The Sun

RAFAEL Nadal eased into the last 16 as he dismantled Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a Centre Court battle of the veterans.

Two-time Wimbledon winner Nadal, 33, crushed the life out of his familiar opponent to win 6-2 6-3 6-2 in just an hour and 48 minutes.

While Nadal had been wound-up, targeted and tested by the gamesmanship of Nick Kyrgios on Thursday, this was all too easy as the 34-year-old Tsonga folded like a pack of cards.

But for Nadal, whose last final was in 2011, it was exactly what he needed as he heads into the second week for the ninth time in 14 Wimbledon campaigns.

While the pair had met 12 times previously, Nadal winning on eight occasions, the Frenchman had won their only encounter on grass, a three-set triumph at Queens in 2011.

Since then, though, Nadal has added another eight Grand Slam crowns to bring his tally to 18 while Tsonga has never been beyond a semi-final.

And the knee injury which wrecked Tsonga’s 2018 still seemed to be a factor in is head as the sheer power and athleticism of the Spaniard always looked as if it would be too much for him.


Nadal was never under threat, dropping just 10 points on his serve all match and breaking five times, starting in the fourth game when Tsonga’s forehand was called wide, the challenge failing by a literal hair’s breadth.

Sheer power on a whipped forehand drive into the corner on his first chance then sealed the set in 33 minutes.

Tsonga’s inability to make any impression on Nadal’s serve meant his frustration grew.

And when he followed up a long backhand at the net by double-faulting in the sixth game of the second set, Nadal was handed another break, serving out with ease to double his advantage.

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Nadal’s control, poise and power were swallowing the Frenchman whole, with the Spaniard circling, a shark waiting for the moment to strike for the kill.

And it duly arrived at the start of the third set, as Nadal drew Tsonga wide before thumping a forehand into the open court on his way to winning three break points, needing just one as the Frenchman tamely netted.

Tsonga gave up the ghost, simply unable to find any answers, a double fault handing Nadal another break point he duly took before a crushing ace to the wide backhand wing completed the task.

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