Wimbledon 2022: Rafael Nadal, Coco Gauff Wins Highlight Thursday's Results

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJune 30, 2022

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis during their men's singles tennis match on the fourth day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2022. - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek continued their dominance in the second round of Wimbledon 2022 on Thursday.

Swiatek dropped a set, but she still came through with her 37th straight victory. Nadal overcame a rain delay to win his match and keep his hopes of a third straight Grand Slam alive.

Day 4 in London also saw Coco Gauff, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa cruise to victory while Karolina Pliskova and Diego Schwartzman were among the seeded players eliminated in Round 2.

Here is the latest from the All England Club.

Notable Results

Men's Singles

No. 2 Rafael Nadal d. Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas d. Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-3, 7-5

No. 11 Taylor Fritz d. Alastair Gray 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-3

Liam Broady d. No. 12 Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 4-6, 0-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1

Brandon Nakashima d. No. 13 Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6)

Daniel Elahi Galan d. No. 17 Robert Bautista Agut (walkover)

Nick Kyrgios d. No. 26 Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-1

No. 29 Jenson Brooksby d. Benjamin Bonzi 7-6 (3), 7-6, 6-3

Women's Singles

No. 1 Iga Swiatek d. Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

No. 4 Paula Badosa d. Irina Bara 6-3, 6-2

Katie Boulter d. No. 6 Karolina Pliskova 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4

No. 8 Jessica Pegula d. Harriet Dart 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

No. 11 Coco Gauff d. Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 6-3

No. 16 Simona Halep d. Kirsten Flipkens 7-6, 6-4

No. 13 Barbora Krejcikova d. Viktorija Golubic 6-3, 6-4

No. 17 Elana Rybakina d. Bianca Andreescu 6-4, 7-6 (5)

No. 20 Amanda Anisomova d. Lauren Davis 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

No. 25 Petra Kvitova d. Ana Bogdan 6-1, 7-6 (5)

Harmony Tan d. No. 32 Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3, 6-4

Full results available at Wimbledon.com.

The incredible run continues for Iga Swiatek after defeating Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove in a three-set battle on Thursday. The No. 1 seed has now won 37 consecutive matches, putting her in rare territory in women's tennis:

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1997 | Hingis ✅ <br>2022 | Swiatek ✅ <a href="https://twitter.com/iga_swiatek?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@iga_swiatek</a> becomes the first female in 2️⃣5️⃣ years to win 3️⃣7️⃣ successive matches. 🇵🇱 <br><br>The 🔝 seed beat Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-4 4-6 6-3. 👏 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> <a href="https://t.co/cPBoTBNdl8">pic.twitter.com/cPBoTBNdl8</a>

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Players to have won at least 37 singles matches in a row on the WTA Tour:<br><br>Navratilova (74, 58, 54, 41, 37)<br>Graf (66, 46, 45)<br>Court (57)<br>Evert (55, 41)<br>Hingis (37)<br>Swiatek (37)

The draw gets more difficult with Alize Cornet waiting in Round 3, but it will clearly be difficult for anyone to knock out Swiatek.

Rafael Nadal is also looking to make history after winning both the Australian Open and French Open to start the year. His hopes for a calendar Grand Slam took a step forward with a four-set win over Ricardas Berankis.

The 36-year-old showed impressive court coverage in Round 2, getting to seemingly every shot:

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Vintage <a href="https://twitter.com/RafaelNadal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RafaelNadal</a> 🍷<br><br>Just when you think you've got him on the ropes...<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CentreCourt100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CentreCourt100</a> <a href="https://t.co/eMX2W2eYox">pic.twitter.com/eMX2W2eYox</a>

He won 39 percent of receiving points and earned four breaks on the way to a strong performance.

Other top seeds still showed they will be threats in their respective draws.

No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas won 76 percent of his service points, including 84 percent on his first serve, on the way to a straight-set victory over Jordan Thompson. In the women's bracket, No. 4 Paula Badosa won in straight sets for the second round in a row while winning 73 percent of service points.

Coco Gauff had 10 aces and didn't face a single break point during her one-sided win over Mihaela Buzarnescu.

It was also a good day for American men, who have struggled in big events in recent years. There will be eight players from the United States in the Round of 32, with seeded players Taylor Fritz and Jenson Brooksby among those to watch.

Fritz came through with one of the best points of the day during his win over Alastair Gray:

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Everyone thought the point was finished... apart from <a href="https://twitter.com/Taylor_Fritz97?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Taylor_Fritz97</a>! <br><br>Absolutely OUTSTANDING 😮 <a href="https://t.co/2cxvbx53uW">pic.twitter.com/2cxvbx53uW</a>

American Brandon Nakashima also turned heads with his upset win over No. 13 Denis Shapovalov.

No. 12 Diego Schwartzman was another upset victim, losing in five sets to Liam Broady. The Argentine won the third set with a bagel, but he couldn't keep it going as 61 unforced errors doomed him down the stretch.

Nick Kyrgios defeated No. 26 Filip Krajinovic, although it wasn't much of an upset based on his dominant showing. The former top-15 player had 24 aces to only one double fault in the straight-set victory.

"I just wanted to remind everyone that I'm pretty good," Kyrgios said after the match.

The biggest surprise of the day came in the women's bracket as Katie Boulter knocked out No. 6 Karolina Pliskova.

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Centre Court rises for <a href="https://twitter.com/katiecboulter?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@katiecboulter</a> ​🇬🇧​<br><br>The Brit has beaten last year's finalist, Karolina Pliskova, 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CentreCourt100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CentreCourt100</a> <a href="https://t.co/ihGLhsZQ5l">pic.twitter.com/ihGLhsZQ5l</a>

Pliskova could have won the match in a second-set tiebreak, but she fell short and couldn't regain her momentum in the third set. It's the second-straight second-round exit at a Grand Slam for the 30-year-old after reaching the finals at Wimbledon last year.

For Boulter, the third round is already her best showing at a Grand Slam.

Friday represents the start of the third round at Wimbledon, with Novak Djokovic looking to continue his run against Miomir Kecmanovic.