Rafael Nadal ruthless in comfortable win over Joao Sousa to reach Wimbledon quarters

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Rafael Nadal beats Joao Sousa RECAP

– Joao Sousa came through a five-set thriller against Dan Evans on Saturday night

– Rafael Nadal was at his dominant best in a third round win over Jo-Wilfred Tsonga

– Nadal is gunning to win his first Wimbledon title since 2010

– The winner of this match will face either Sam Querrey or Tennys Sandgren in the quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal vs Joao Sousa LIVE: Wimbledon updates from Manic Monday, Federer and Djokovic later

Rafael Nadal vs Joao Sousa LIVE: Wimbledon updates from Manic Monday, Federer and Djokovic later (Image: GETTY)

Rafael Nadal beats Joao Sousa RECAP

*denotes previous server


Nadal* 6-2 6-2 6-2 Sousa

Easy to pass off Sousa as not much of a challenge to Nadal anyway but that was utterly sensational from the world No 2 from start to finish.

Never gave his opponent a chance from the very first point and he looks comfortable. Hard to understand on this form why this will only be his second Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011.

Nadal 6-2 6-2 5-2 Sousa*

Break point for Rafa and he takes it with a typical ferocious backhand across the court. Serving for them match here.

Nadal* 6-2 6-2 4-2 Sousa

Impressive fight from Sousa to make Nadal work for that hold, but a beautiful serve-and-volley from the Spaniard puts him two games away from the quarter-finals.

Nadal 6-2 6-2 3-2 Sousa*

Well that was quick from the Portuguese player. Maybe Nadal saving energy now for just his service games.

Nadal* 6-2 6-2 3-1 Sousa

Even Sousa looks surprised at the sheer power Nadal is producing here. The Spaniard consolidates his break.

Nadal 6-2 6-2 2-1 Sousa*

Simply sensational from Nadal to bring up break point. Looked as though he had almost given up when Sousa dropped one over the net, but he sent it past his opponent to rousing applause from Centre Court.

And he breaks to take advantage with this one soon to be over.

Nadal* 6-2 6-2 1-1 Sousa

Mini break for Sousa following another double fault from Nadal.

But he’s unable to capitalise, with a comical airshot handing Nadal the advantage. Spaniard holds with a delightful combination of shots.

Nadal 6-2 6-2 0-1 Sousa*

Better from Sousa to go up 40-15. And a first fist pump from the 30-year-old as he holds to start the third set.

Rafael Nadal broke twice early in the first set

Rafael Nadal broke twice early in the first set (Image: GETTY)


Nadal* 6-2 6-2 Sousa

Never in doubt on Nadal’s service game. Takes a commanding two-set lead. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer may be wary of this performance from Nadal…

Nadal 6-2 5-2 Sousa*

Sousa trying his best just to hold his own service game but he can’t compete with Nadal’s shot power and accuracy. Break point for the Spaniard and he is given it with a long backhand from the 30-year-old.

Nadal* 6-2 4-2 Sousa

Sousa slapping his thigh as he sends a backhand return into the net as if to try and wake himself up. Fear it may be too late already as Nadal maintains his break advantage.

Nadal 6-2 3-2 Sousa*

Sousa getting some backing from the crowd here after going 0-30 down and then a rousing cheer as Nadal sends the next point into the net.

Then a ferocious winner from Nadal down the line gives him two break points. Sousa showing some bite to save both though. Deuce.

Back and forth ensues with Nadal refusing to let Sousa hold serve along with some impressive play from the Portuguese and he eventually takes the game.

Nadal* 6-2 3-1 Sousa

Nadal clearly laser-focused on getting this done early. Quick love-service game to consolidate the break.

Nadal 6-2 2-1 Sousa*

Small glimmer of hope for the world No 71 as he holds with Nadal making a few errors.

Nadal* 6-2 2-0 Sousa

Not sure what Sousa can do here when Nadal is so utterly relentless on his own serve. The 30-year-old hasn’t been able to create a real opening.

Nadal 6-2 1-0 Sousa*

Much better start from Sousa with a stunning cross-court backhand out of the reach of Nadal to get the second set going.

But Nadal fights back with a delightful lob over Sousa, with the Portuguese native forced to attempt a tweener which fails miserably.

And the world No 2 continues to step on the gas to get break point, and he takes it! This could be over very quick.

Joao Sousa won a five-set thriller against Dan Evans on Saturday

Joao Sousa won a five-set thriller against Dan Evans on Saturday (Image: GETTY)

Elsewhere there’s been another shock on Manic Monday with Elise Mertens losing to Barbora Strycova!


Nadal* 6-2 Sousa

A second double fault for Nadal there to hand Sousa his first mini break. But the 30-year-old then can’t return a ferocious 123mph serve to make it 30-30.

Sousa was on the front foot then but missed his chance to grab a break point opportunity, instead match point to Nadal. And a stunning cross-court backhand wins Nadal the first set.

Nadal 5-2 Sousa*

Sousa only delaying the inevitable with that hold of serve surely. Nadal with a couple unforced errors but he still hasn’t broken sweat.

Nadal* 5-1 Sousa

Sousa may have saved the bagel but there’s not stopping Nadal in this form.

A rare double fault from Nadal draws ‘ooos’ from the crowd, but he retaliates with a fine volley to take it to 5-1.

There’s a wide berth in ability between these two on show right now.

Nadal 4-1 Sousa*

Love-service game for Sousa to get on the board finally. That will give the 30-year-old some much-needed confidence.

Nadal* 4-0 Sousa

Sousa with his first point on a Nadal service game after a long forehand from the Spaniard.

Nadal retaliates with a 118mph ace before comfortably seeing out the game. This is too easy for the No 3 seed. We’ve only played 15 minutes.

Nadal 3-0 Sousa*

Sousa attempts to copy Nadal’s approach to the net, but the Spaniard counters with a stunning forehand winner cross court for a mini break. Sousa sends the next shot into the net to give Nadal two more break points.

And he only needs one. Sousa sends a backhand wide and he’s now up two breaks.

Nadal* 2-0 Sousa

Brilliantly dominant start from Nadal. Sousa on the back foot constantly with the Spaniard approaching the net with confidence.

Love-service game to start for the two-time Wimbledon champion.

Nadal 1-0 Sousa*

Nadal immediately getting Sousa chasing across the court on the opening point, gets his opponent with a deft drop shot.

The world No 2 got his first break point opportunity following a long forehand from Sousa, and he makes it count! Nadal up a break


Rafael Nadal has looked in great form through the first week of Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal has looked in great form through the first week of Wimbledon (Image: GETTY)

1:08pm: One minute until we get underway here…

1pm: Back to business on Centre Court now though as Nadal and Sousa make their way out to the court.

Surprisingly still half empty here…

12:50pm: Huge shock already on ‘Manic Monday’ as world No 1 Asheligh Barty crashes out to Alison Riske. A sign of things to come today?

12:40pm: Nadal has struggled on grass at Wimbledon in previous years, getting knocked out in the early rounds between 2012 and 2017, but rediscovered his mojo in 2018 where he took Novak Djokovic to a deciding fifth set. 

And he has continued that fine form in this year’s championships, with impressive wins over Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga already. The world No 2 has only faced Sousa twice in his career – both on clay – with the former coming out on top in both occasions. 

12:30pm: Good afternoon and welcome to ‘Manic Monday’ at Wimbledon. All fourth round matches from both the men’s and women’s singles will take place today with Nadal up first on Centre Court.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are in action later, along with Serena Williams, Cori Gauff. Johanna Konta follows Nadal’s match on Centre Court so we’re set for a jam-packed day!

Sousa and Nadal will be out on court just after 1pm so stay tuned for the latest updates.

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