Having reached the finals of Wimbledon the last five times he played, Rafael Nadal still thinks he’s a longshot to collect a third crown in London.
“Thinking about winning another title here in Wimbledon is arrogant and crazy,” Nadal said today.
“That’s something I cannot think about, no? I can just think about the practice of tomorrow, to keep preparing my game, to arrive to Tuesday with the right conditions, being competitive to try to win the first match, no?”
Nadal won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, both even years. And he’s finished runner up in 2006, 2007 and 2011, missing only 2009 when he withdrew from the tournament.
Nadal opens his 2012 Wimbledon campaign against fellow lefty Tomaz Bellucci.
“The real thing of this surface, you see the draw, and you never see an easy opponent,” Rafa said.
“You have the feeling, for example, you play on clay and your match is in your hands. If you are playing your game you will have good chances to be through.
“Here everything is a little bit more crazy, because sometimes you played two bad points in not the right moment and you lose a set.”
Nadal will regain the No. 1 ranking if he wins the title and Novak Djokovic loses in or before the quarterfinals. The Spaniard just won his 7th Grand Slam title two Sundays ago lifting his haul to 11 career Major titles, just five from Roger Federer.
Here’s a recent interview with Nadal did with BBC:
And Rafa just did a Google Chat:
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