Rafa Nadal arrived in London and claims he is ready for the elite event.
The Spaniard withdrew injured from the prestigious event 5 times until now, but claims that he would’t be here if he would’ve felt he can’t compete at his fullest.
The question marks are there and are obvious. Nadal pulled out of Basel with a recurring knee issue that started again in Shanghai. He then played Paris, but had to withdrew again, suggesting that the issue might be worrying for the career of the King of clay.
Rafa said that he thinks on long term and that’s why he needs to be careful with his health.
The possible meeting with his old nemesis, Roger, doesn’t scare Nadal, as he feels that he can find a way if healthy. He acknowledges that the surface is in Federer’s advantage, but has confidence in his game.
This is what the great champion declared:
I don’t have to make a decision [yet], I’m going to play – that’s what my feeling is today. I can’t predict what might happen in the next couple of days, but my feeling is that I’m here to play and to try my best.
Asked about the possibility of the World number 1 not playing or pulling out, the Swiss Maestro said:
He’s the No 1 player in the world, had the best season of us all and is a superstar of our game. So naturally it would be a blow. If he’s here, to me that’s a good sign.
Rafa Nadal starts his campaign on Monday, against David Goffin. Nadal won twice against the Belgian, both victories coming on clay this year, in Monte Carlo and Madrid.