'Rafael Nadal talked about wanting to be able to...', says ATP legend



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'Rafael Nadal talked about wanting to be able to...', says ATP legend

Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini is taking a humble approach ahead of Wimbledon as he insists that Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the two players who deserve to be called Wimbledon title favourites. Berrettini, 26, has become a major force on grass and many rank him among the top contenders for this year's Wimbledon title.

"I don't know if I'm the favourite, as Novak and Rafa (Nadal) are always there; Rafa has already won two Slams and nobody expected him to win in Australia," Berrettini said, according to Tennishead. "I don't feel like a favourite, but I know I can do it, I can't fool people.

My goal is to have a great tournament at Wimbledon and I hope it will be two intense weeks. After a really good week in Stuttgart, it would have been easy not to lift foot on the accelerator and let my problems overwhelm me.

Instead I found the right energy levels and to win such a prestigious tournament is really very special." After undergoing surgery on his right hand in March, Berrettini returned in the first week of the grass-court season in Stuttgart.

In Stuttgart, Berrettini defeated Andy Murray in the final to win his first title of the year. The following week, Berrettini went all the way at the Queen's Club to win his second title and improve his record on grass to 9-0 in 2022.

Berrettini is not playing this week, but he has already had a great preparation for Wimbledon. Last year, Berrettini reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon before losing to Djokovic.

Rafa underwent radiofrequency treatment

John McEnroe argues that winning the 2022 Wimbledon Championships could be the most difficult task for Rafael Nadal.

"Rafa’s toughest one is going to be this one for me because if you go by what he said at the French Open, he was injecting himself on his foot during some, if not all of his matches. I can’t believe you decided not to do that.

I’m not sure how he did it in the first place, and he’s still able to win seven matches and look incredible, right? The guy looked amazing," McEnroe said. "If I’m 36, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to play, going for the Slam, I’d start shooting that foot up again and get through Wimbledon and the Open.

That would be me. He may be able to play a few more years. He also talked about wanting to be able to walk when he has kids. That’s a risk that no athlete wants to take," said McEnroe.