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 received 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 received 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 as a consequence of a continual foot damage.

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

Nadal skilled with final yr’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 yr’s match to offer his physique time to relaxation after the French Open. The 2020 occasion has been canceled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I’m much older now – I can’t play a lot of matches,” Nadal stated 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 towards Roger Federer, which his longtime rival received in 4 units.

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

“I don’t know how he feels, he looks like the normal Rafa,” stated 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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