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Nadal downplays Wimbledon chances

ESPN staff
June 10, 2013

Rafael Nadal quickly talked down his Wimbledon prospects despite claiming a record eighth French Open title in his first grand slam tournament following his injury lay-off.

The Spaniard beat compatriot David Ferrer in straight sets to become the first man to win the same grand slam singles title eight times.

But Nadal insisted that coming through seven five-set matches in Paris does not necessarily mean that his body is yet in full working order, and has pulled out of his Wimbledon warm-up event in Halle on medical advice.

"I will check everything after here, I will check all my body and I really hope to be ready for Wimbledon," Nadal said.

"I won't play a tournament before Wimbledon, so that's not the ideal situation before a grand slam like Wimbledon that is on grass and the conditions are very different.

"It's the tournament that is more unpredictable for that reason. But I am going to try to arrive in good shape to Wimbledon. And if not, I am going to look about the rest of the season.

"Because I'm in a good position, even if I don't play a good Wimbledon. That doesn't mean I am not going to try, because I am going to try 100% to be ready for there and to play good tennis there."

Nadal actually drops below Ferrer in the ATP rankings this week on account of Ferrer's improved showing at the tournament, but with just 90 points to defend for the rest of the season, the Spaniard will be in contention for the world No. 1 ranking if he can maintain his form and fitness throughout Wimbledon and beyond.

"Five months ago nobody in my team dreamed about a comeback like this because we thought that it was going to be impossible," Nadal added.

"I am a positive guy, I think always in a positive way, but doubts are part of this life. People who don't have doubts, it's because they are so arrogant. Doubts are in everything. Nothing is clear in this world."

Men's rankings: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 2. Andy Murray (GBR), 3. Roger Federer (SUI), 4. David Ferrer (ESP), 5. Rafael Nadal (ESP), 6. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 8. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG), 9. Richard Gasquet (FRA), 10. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI).

Women's rankings: 1. Serena Williams (USA), 2. Victoria Azarenka (BLR), 3. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 5. Sara Errani (ITA), 6. Li Na (CHN), 7. Angelique Kerber (GER), 8. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 9. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 10. Maria Kirilenko (RUS).

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