Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal wins first grass-court match for 3 years

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Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal wins first grass-court match for 3 years
Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal wins first grass-court match for 3 years

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Rafael Nadal gained two of his 22 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon
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Stan Wawrinka says Rafael Nadal “looks like the normal Rafael” after the Spaniard gained his first grasscourt match in three years as a part of his preparations for Wimbledon.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion beat Switzerland’s Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 in an exhibition match in Hurlingham on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old’s participation in Wimbledon was uncertain attributable to a continual foot damage.

“It’s been a while without playing on the grass,” Nadal mentioned.

Nadal skilled with final 12 months’s finalist Matteo Berrettini on Heart Courtroom on Thursday.

He skilled on the Mallorca grass courts afterwards He treats his left foot earlier than arriving in London on Monday.

Nadal has not performed at Wimbledon since 2019 after lacking final 12 months’s event to offer his physique time to relaxation after the French Open. The 2020 occasion has been canceled as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

“I’m much older now – I can’t play a lot of matches,” Nadal mentioned after defeating Wawrinka.

“For me, it’s better to play two games here before Wimbledon starts. It helps me feel at least some competition before Wimbledon.”

Nadal’s final aggressive match on grass was the 2019 Wimbledon semi-final match in opposition to Roger Federer, which his longtime rival gained in 4 units.

He began the 12 months in beautiful model, successful the Australian Open to set a file twenty first males’s Grand Slam title, earlier than successful his 14th title on the French Open final month.

“I don’t know how he feels, he looks like the normal Rafa,” mentioned Wawrinka, who was given a wildcard at Wimbledon.

“He said he feels better and if he plays he is ready to give his best and win.”

Novak Djokovic, the three-time defending champion, defeated Hurlingham, on Wednesday, by defeating Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 6-1.

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