Rafael Nadal: 'The most important thing is that the bad moments...'



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Rafael Nadal: 'The most important thing is that the bad moments...'

Trainer Marc Lopez has confirmed that Rafael Nadal's foot has been holding up well so far and that the Spaniard is definitely preparing for Wimbledon. After undergoing foot treatment in Spain, Nadal trained for a week in Mallorca, before playing two exhibition matches at the Hurlingham Club this week.

"There are good days and bad days," López told EFE, according to Eurosport. “This surface is very unforgiving, everything happens very fast. We are training with people who serve very well. At the moment everything is positive.

The foot issue, which was always the most worrying, is fine. We have to finish adjusting training, the other day [Wednesday] he played very well in the exhibition [at the Hurlingham Club against Wawrinka] and now we have to be ready for the [first round] match on Tuesday [at Wimbledon].

Conclusions can be drawn from everything, but in the end this is still training. What you have to do every day is to feel more comfortable on this surface, on which you barely play all year. Rafa hasn't played here for three years.

All training sessions add up, even the ones where you don't feel good, because they help you correct things for the next one." On Wednesday, Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3 in his first grass-court match of the year at the Hurlingham Club.

On Friday, Nadal suffered a three-set loss as Felix Auger-Aliassime beat the Spaniard 7-6(6) 4-6 10-3. Next up for Nadal will be Francisco Cerundolo, the Argentine who tied in the first round at Wimbledon.

Nadal on the challenge of playing on grass

Rafael Nadal is back at Wimbledon after a three-year gap.

"I don't know how I get there really, it's hard to predict. It's probably the hardest tournament to predict. It's a tricky surface where you need to spend days on it. I haven't played anything for three years, this makes it extra tricky," Nadal said.

"Memory, it's important, the most recent memory helps on the surface. Within what is possible it has been a logical week, with better moments and worse moments, clearly in an ascending line," he added. He attested to the same, exuding confidence about his competitiveness at Wimbledon.

"I've trained a lot. Yesterday I made a training disaster, I woke up with tired eyes, but then I played well. Today I also trained well. The most important thing is that the bad moments on the court are shorter and shorter.

The games have gone quite well, I have trained with demanding people. I am confident that I will be competitive," the Spaniard further expressed.