Francisco Roig speaks on importance of energy for Rafael Nadal



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Francisco Roig speaks on importance of energy for Rafael Nadal

Coach Francisco Roig said Rafael Nadal needed some time off to recharge his batteries after the French Open and added the record 22-time Grand Slam champion is now ready for Wimbledon. Nadal is now a record 14-time French Open champion but his latest French Open title might be the most memorable.

For two weeks straight, Nadal was taking anaesthetic injections and painkillers to numb the pain in his foot caused by the Mueller Weiss syndrome. "Having the energy to do what he has done is very difficult. He needs that energy.

After Roland Garros, which was a tough, tough, tough tournament, he had a few days off to reconnect mentally with another Grand Slam he, we can't fool ourselves, he's coming to win," Roig said. "Then maybe he does a few semis and has played well, and he's happy with himself, but he is who he is and he always tries to win."

Nadal playing at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019

Wimbledon was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic, while Nadal didn't compete at The Championships last year because of a foot injury. In his last Wimbledon appearance, which came three years ago, Nadal reached the semifinal before losing to Roger Federer.

"He hasn't played here for three years and the memory and the feeling that you have from one year to the next is fundamental, because you retain something. It always costs you a bit, but if you've played the previous year and the others, that helps in adaptation," Roig explained.

Nadal has won the opening two Grand Slams of the season and he has a shot at winning a Calendar Grand Slam. "No, it's forbidden. No, because we know each other. Apart from how difficult it is, so many things still have to happen. What worries us is doing well in this tournament, nothing else," the former player said on the same.