Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal wins first grass game in three years
Stan Wawrinka says Rafael Nadal “looks like a regular Rafa” after the Spaniard won his first grass game in three years as part of his Wimbledon prep.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner defeated Switzerland’s Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3 in an exhibition match in Hurlingham on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old’s Wimbledon participation was questionable because of a chronic foot injury.
“It’s been a while since we haven’t played on grass,” said Nadal.
Nadal trained with last year’s finalist Matteo Berrettini on Center Court on Thursday.
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He was training on Mallorca’s grass pitches after receiving treatment on his left foot before arriving in London on Monday.
Nadal has not played at Wimbledon since 2019, having missed last year’s tournament to give his body time to rest after the French Open. The 2020 event was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’m older now – I can’t play that many matches,” Nadal said after beating Wawrinka.
“It’s perfect for me to play a few matches here before Wimbledon starts. That helps me feel at least some competition ahead of Wimbledon.”