August 8, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Rafael Nadal has received 4 titles this yr
  • He now has 22 Grand Slam titles to his identify
  • Nadal final performed Wimbledon in 2019

Stan Wawrinka has stated Rafael Nadal “seems to be like regular Rafa” after the Spaniard received his first grass-court match in three years.

Forward of Wimbledon, the 22-time Grand Slam champion defeated Wawrinka comfortably 6-2 6-3 in an exhibition match at Hurlingham membership on Wednesday.

Nadal’s participation at Wimbledon had been doubtful due to a persistent foot damage.

Wawrinka, who has received three Grand Slam titles, was given a wildcard entry for the All England membership main occasion. 

“I do not understand how he’s feeling, it seems to be like regular Rafa. He has been saying he’s feeling higher and if he’s enjoying he is able to play his greatest and to win,” Wawrinka stated after shedding in straight units to Nadal, based on BBC Sport. 

Nadal was photographed practising with final yr’s finalist Matteo Berrettini on Middle Court docket on Thursday. 

“Actually for me it’s optimistic to play a few matches earlier than the competitors begins at Wimbledon. I used to play at Queen’s a very long time in the past now. I’m older now – I am unable to handle to play so many matches!” Nadal stated after his victory over Wawrinka. 

After getting therapy on his left foot earlier than arriving in London, the two-time Wimbledon winner practiced on the grass courts in his hometown of Mallorca.

Motion man: Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Roger Federer throughout their 2019 semi-final Picture: AFP / Ben STANSALL

Nadal’s final participation at Wimbledon was in 2019. The occasion was canceled in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Final yr, he gave Wimbledon a miss to get well after enjoying within the Roland Garros. 

The World No. 4 is having a high quality run this yr, having already received 4 ATP titles, together with two Grand Slam occasions: the Australian Open and French Open. Earlier than the beginning of this yr, Nadal was tied with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles. The Spaniard now has two titles greater than the legendary duo.

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