“I don’t think Rafael Nadal feels like winning…”, said the former ATP player

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal excelled in his first grasscourt match of the year by defeating three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic in Hurlingham. Nadal wasted no time on the field, taking the match first in the second and leading 3-0 after the first three games of the match.

Wawrinka served up in Game Four to go ahead and cut the difference to 1-3, but it didn’t take Nadal long to earn another break by smashing the Swiss again in Game Six to lead 5-1. Nadal faltered in Game Seven, but took his third break of the set in Game Eight, when he sent Wawrinka to stay in the match.

After losing the first set, Wawrinka had the opportunity to start the second with an early break, but he squandered three consecutive break points in the first half. In the fourth game, Nadal took his first break from the second set to lead 3-1, but Wawrinka broke again in the fifth.

However, one game loss did not affect Nadal, who broke Wawrinka again in Game Six to advance 4-2. Nadal held his serve for the rest of the match to take a straight sets victory. Last week, Nadal started his preparations for Wimbledon.

After spending a week training in Mallorca, Nadal said he was pleased with his foot response and announced that he will play two exhibition matches at Hurlingham before Wimbledon.

Alex Corretga’s comments on Nadal

Speaking to Eurosport, Alex Corretja spoke about how strong Rafael Nadal is at taking things one game at a time and that he will look to do the same in SW19.

“I feel like 2022 for Rafa, it’s a miracle, since the beginning of the year,” Corretga said. “After winning the first tournament, and then the first slam tournament, he got injured again and didn’t have much time to prepare for Roland Garros.”

Corretja added that he did not think winning the Calendar Slam title would be on Nadal’s mind. “I don’t think he feels like winning the Calendar Slam; that’s not on his mind,” Corretja said. “He just goes there to train from day one, get ready, and maybe have the best possible chance of round one.

This is his only goal. Then it will go little by little. That’s why Rafa handles these kinds of situations so well because he knows where he is and goes to, just being realistic.”

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