March 8, 2021

Rafa Nadal, in search of the glory in a Wimbledon of maximum demand – The Province

The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal will try again to be a candidate for the conquest of Wimbledon, third 'Grand Slam' of the season, the great date on grass of the season that historically has been more resisted despite having already two conquests, in 2008 and 2010, and that is presented maximum demand practically from its inception.

The All England Tennis Club hosts from July 1 to July 14 the best tournament on a surface that is the one that gives more options in the circuit, with its special and rigorous traditions, and where the Balearic presents itself from this Tuesday in his debut as the best option for the ' Armada ', although it has been Garbiñe Muguruza which has achieved the best results in recent years.

The one of Manacor appears in London with his twelfth crown of Roland Garros already set and looking to aspire to make the third difficult double of his career between Parisian red clay and English grass. He achieved it in 2008 and 2010, years of his best time at Wimbledon, and now he aspires to do it once again to emulate a milestone achieved only by the Swedish myth Bjorn Borg, what He chained the Paris-London domain in three years consecutively from 1978 to 1980.

However, the winner of 18 'big' has resisted the finals in the English capital since in 2011, with defeat Novak Djokovic, play the last and by then fifth in six years since it premiered in 2006 against Roger Federer. From there, only the semi-final lost last year against Belgrade shines in its history, marked by disappointments against rivals theoretically lower level that prevented him from being in the second week of the tournament.

Now, Nadal wants to reign in the grass, endorsed by his great triumph in Paris and his physique, which has returned to care without playing anything official since last June 9, except two exhibition matches lost to the Croatian Marin Cilic and the Frenchman Lucas Pouille, to make contact before a challenge that will demand its best level.

The manacorí did not have luck with the drawing of the picture, already marked by the decision of the organization of take away the status of second favorite to give it to his 'king', Federer, by virtue of its latest results in grass. Thus, the debut in principle simple of this Tuesday before the Japanese Yuichi Sugita, ranked from the previous and 258th in the world, could give way to a path full of difficulties, especially in a second game that could cross him with Nick Kyrgios.

The unruly Australian player was one of those who prevented him from reaching Wimbledon in the last seven years, eliminating him in the eighth of 2014, and this year already set him apart in Acapulco, in a match marked by the already too usual eccentricities of Canberra, recently criticized with the figure of Spanish. But Kyrgios would follow possible crossings with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Denis Shapovalov, and a dangerous eighth-final potential against Cilic, runner-up in 2017.

The Austrian Dominic Thiem, which closed the door of glory in Paris, would be by ranking the hypothetical rival in the quarter, the last door before repeating a semi-final where the main favorite is Federer, overwhelmed by the Balearic in the penultimate round of Roland Garros and not seen with Nadal in London grass since the extraordinary final of 2008 that crowned for the first time the Spanish.

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