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Rafael Nadal did not face any break points until deep into the third set
Venue: All England Club Dates: 27 June-10 July
Coverage: Live across BBC TV, radio and online with extensive coverage on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, Connected TVs and mobile app.

Rafael Nadal’s “best match” of this year’s Wimbledon ended on a testy note after the Spaniard took opponent Lorenzo Sonego to task at the net.

The Spaniard won 6-1 6-2 6-4 with a stunning display to reach the fourth round that showed a marked improvement on his first two matches.

But it ended with boos as Nadal continued a discussion with Sonego, having clashed in the third set.

Nadal later said he felt “bad” if he “bothered him”.

The roof came on with Nadal leading 4-2 in the third, with the Spaniard unhappy by the interruption.

In the following game he was upset over a noise Sonego had made during a point as the Italian set up his first break points of the match.

Nadal had a word with the umpire but then called Sonego to the net to speak to him, with the Spaniard then going on to lose his serve.

While Nadal then regained control over a match he had dominated and wrapped up victory quickly, he carried on speaking to the Italian at the net after they had shaken hands.

“I didn’t make it in a negative way. I feel sorry if I bothered him but I did it in a right way,” Nadal said in his on-court interview.

“I feel really bad now if I bothered him so I feel sorry for that. That’s it – I will talk to him after but this is not a problem.”

More to follow.


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