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Nadal returns to attack at Wimbledon, Djokovic’s backyard

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The Spaniard, champion in Australia and Paris, is looking for another bite in the “Grand Slam” after another operation on his foot.


Wimbledon, the third ‘Grand Slam’ of the season, begins this Monday with Spaniard Rafa Nadal as public enemy number one despite, or perhaps because of, a new and recent treatment to his left foot, although the grass is getting more and more moody and there are strong contenders, while Spain’s Paula Badosa and Garbiñe Muguruza will try to unleash their thrilling game.

The Balearic has left the sporting world speechless with his latest exploits, having won the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year and reached the 22 ‘Big’. The Spaniard’s adaptability to problems and ability to get back competitive in record time makes a doubtful Nadal even more frightening.

Almost a year ago, the man from Manacor ended last season due to a chronic foot injury; he had given up Wimbledon and the Olympic Games a little earlier. His comeback in early 2022 was meteoric, with 20 straight wins and three titles including Melbourne until a broken rib in Indian Wells. The misfortune made him stronger again.

On the Dirt Tour he caught a run and swept Paris, although his foot again delivered a mighty war. The Spaniard won the French Open for the 14th time but confessed to an ordeal that had left him playing with his foot asleep. No more pain and quality of life Nadal suggested using a radiofrequency intervention.

From then on, the two-time Wimbledon champion spent minutes on the pitch, with high-profile training in Mallorca, also in London and the Hurlingham show, which measured him against Stan Wawrinka and Felix Auger Aliassime. The Spaniard makes his debut with Argentina’s Francisco Cerúndolo on Tuesday but could have a dangerous server like American Sam Querrey as early as the second round.

For now, the Spaniard has won the battle of pains and needs to bring out his best version to advance on the London turf. No one trusts a Nadal who has proven he has a thousand lives on his returnees. Serb Novak Djokovic is aiming high as the champion of the last three Wimbledon editions, with the grudge added to the defeat to Nadal in the Roland-Garros district.

After a tough start in 2022, the number two in the world had taken the pulse of the competition again with his deportation from Australia, but the king of the earth passed him in a duel. Now more on his ground as a six-time champion, the one from Belgrade, 20, is hoping to narrow down that ‘Grand Slams’ race and trim another page of a historic Nadal’s golden book.

The big four of the circuit are a realistic but still a long way off for the Spaniard, a mirror for a Carlos Alcaraz who also received a reality check in Paris. The 19-year-old from Murcia is a reality on the world stage but there are many who have been struggling to take on the ‘Big 3’ or even ‘Big 4’ for some time since a born-again Andy Murray leaves with options in London ( Roger Federer expected with uncertainty in 2023).


Alcaraz wanted everything for the Musketeers Cup but met Alexander Zverev. The German injured against Nadal will not be in London, but Hubert Hurkacz, Stefanos Tsitsipas or Matteo Berrettini will win on grass these weeks. The veto of Russian and Belarusian tennis players due to the war in Ukraine prevents number one Daniil Medvedev from being in the game and in response from the ATP and the WTA, Wimbledon does not award points for either circuit.

Spanish tennis has other good assets such as Roberto Bautista, Feliciano López, Pablo Carreño or a surprising Bernabé Zapata. As for women, hopes are falling on Muguruza and Badosa, two players who know what it’s like to succeed on big stages but have lacked momentum this year.

The Spaniard from Venezuela, who won Wimbledon in 2017, will make her debut against Belgium’s Greet Minnen and is confident The Cathedral of Tennis will inspire motivation and forgotten games since she was named WTA champion in 2021. Badosa will also debut against American Louisa Chirico looking for his best version after early losses and poor management to be among the best.

World no “ marked. The pools vary between Simona Halep, Maria Sakkari, Petra Kvitova, Bianca Andreescu, Ons Jabeur, Coco Gauff or local idol Emma Raducanu.

Source europapress.es

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