The presence of Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon was not so obvious after the victory of Roland Garros. The Majorcan, in the last Parisian press conference, had in fact revealed in no uncertain terms everything he had to do to be competitive during the second Grand Slam of the year.
Nadal underwent a large number of injections to the nerve of his foot to avoid pain. The Spaniard then resorted to a new treatment capable of having the same effects as the injections with a longer duration. Thanks to the effectiveness of this last expedient, Nadal will have the opportunity to play his chances on the lawns of the All England Club.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion will face Francisco Cerundolo in the first round and could later give life to an interesting match against Sam Querrey if he wins on his debut. The first seed on his path bears the name and surname of Lorenzo Sonego.
The main suspects to reach the round of 16 and quarter-finals in the same portion of the board as Nadal are Marin Cilic, Botic van de Zandschulp, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Daniel Evans. Finally, the candidates to gain access to the semi-finals of the lower part of the main draw are Stefanos Tsitsipas, Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini.
Marc Lopez, new member of Nadal's team, spoke about the current condition of his client. “This surface is unforgiving. Things are evolving quickly, but at the moment the report is positive, "Lopez said in words gathered by the EFE news agency.
“The main concern was his foot, but things are going well.
Davydenko talks about Nadal
In a recent interview with CLAY, Davydenko spoke about Rafael Nadal capturing his 14th French Open title and 22nd Grand Slam at Roland Garros earlier this month.
"Usually, the bigger chance to beat [Rafael] Nadal in Paris is in the early rounds, because he is still not playing his best," Davydenko said. "It is amazing what he has done. I think it was risky health-wise what he has done with the foot, but he is absolutely allowed to do it.
Maybe his mentality was that it might be his last Roland Garros, so he went all-in not minding the consequences. For me, playing against Nadal on hard felt like playing against just another opponent," the Russian said.
"I have beaten him in all our matches on hardcourt, but I lost every match on clay, which is expected, he is still winning Roland Garros. There were many matches that I remember fondly."