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Rafael Nadal backed for Wimbledon glory by Stan Wawrinka after successful return to grass at Hurlingham Membership



The Spaniard received the Australian and French Opens back-to-back for the primary time this 12 months and a win at Wimbledon, the place the principle draw begins on Monday, will take him a step nearer to turning into the primary man to win all 4 majors in the identical 12 months since Rod Laver in 1969.

Nadal has been fighting a foot harm and had pain-killing injections prior to every match at Roland Garros. The 36-year-old, who has received a file 22 Grand Slam singles titles, underwent nerve therapy after his French Open victory and stated the ache had subsided.

Wawrinka stated: “Taking part in Rafa is at all times tough, he’s in full confidence proper now. He appears like regular Rafa.

“He has been saying he’s feeling higher and if he’s taking part in, he is able to play his greatest and to win. Any time he enters a Grand Slam he shall be one of many favourites, if not the favorite. He received the primary two Slams of the 12 months with out too many matches earlier than these, so after all he’s a part of the favourites.”

Nadal, who had not performed a aggressive match on grass since 2019, beat Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3.

The Spaniard stated: “I haven’t been capable of play on grass via the robust moments we went via with the pandemic and final 12 months I bought injured.

“I’m older now — I can’t handle to play so many matches. It’s excellent to play a few matches right here earlier than Wimbledon begins.”

Novak Djokovic additionally performed on the Hurlingham Membership, defeating Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 6-1.

At Eastbourne in the present day, Ryan Peniston is because of full his match towards Pedro Martinez that was suspended with the Briton 3-2 up on serve within the closing set.

The winner is because of play Jack Draper within the quarter-finals, with fellow Brit Cameron Norrie taking up Maxime Cressy and Harriet Dart taking part in Petra Kvitova within the girls’s draw.

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