Rafael Nadal: World No 1 reveals SHOCK Wimbledon 2018 doubt | Tennis | Sport

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The Spaniard is coming into the grass season after an intensive clay swing, in which he won the Monte Carlo Masters, Barcelona Open, Italian Open and, most recently, the French Open.

The only event of five on the red dirt that Nadal failed to win was the Madrid Open, where he exited at the quarter-final stage to Dominic Thiem – the man he saw off in straight sets to claim an 11th Roland Garros title last Sunday.

That saw the 32-year-old earn exactly the same number of points as in 2017 to maintain his status as world No 1 over rival Roger Federer.

The Swiss ace is back in action today for the first time in four months at the Stuttgart Open, where he must win three matches to jump back ahead of Nadal at the summit of the ATP Rankings.

Federer will hope to retain his Halle Open title and will be among the top favourites at the season’s third Grand Slam, Wimbledon, next month as he bids for a ninth triumph at SW17.

And Nadal – who by contrast – has not won at the All England Club since 2010 with just two of his 17 Majors coming at the prestigious London event – has indicated he will first judge how his body recovers from the clay season before deciding to take part at Wimbledon.

“I can’t think when I will have the first training session because this year I have played almost every game on clay,” he told Spanish newspaper Marca

“Last year I thought I could go far at Wimbledon. The decision will be whatever is best for my body.”

Nadal lost in the fourth round to Gilles Muller at Wimbledon last year, though that was his best campaign since reaching the 2011 final in which he lost to Novak Djokovic.

Nadal’s hopes are strengthened this year, however, with Andy Murray only just coming back from a year-long hip injury while Djokovic is still some way from his imperious level of tennis of previous years.



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