Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon after he overcame a tough fight from 33rd seed German Phillip Petzschner in their third round match on Saturday. He was plagued by an injury scare though, and said that he was being bothered a lot by his right knee and was a little bit scared about it.
There was another matter which he had to settle- an argument with Chair umpire Cedric Mourier who warned Nadal for receiving coaching tips from his uncle and Coach Toni Nadal during the match.
This is against the rules and it is reported that Nadal, in reaction, pointed at Mourier angrily, with his warms spread wide open and went on to shout at him before he resumed playing.
The most concerning thing for Rafa was the most immediate one – the fact that he has had to play two consecutive five set matches, trailing by a set in both the matches and having to come from behind to advance to the next round.
He was in a similar situation on Saturday when Petzschner took the third set tie break, but rallied back into the match as the German began to tire and came out the stronger man as he won the final set 6-3.
The final score line read 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3 in Nadal’s favour and he booked a meeting with Frenchman Paul Henri Mathieu in the next round.
The match will be played on Monday after the traditional rest day of the tournament.