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Monday, July 3, 2017

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Rafa Nadal does not like to talk about achievements, records, round figures or statistics, but fate and his legendary performance always put him on the path of glory. This year, without going any further, he has won for the tenth time in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros. And now, at Wimbledon, there is another opportunity to make history. If you lift the old Grand Slam grass trophy for the third time with that curious pineapple that crowns it, it will equal an achievement of the mythical Bjorn Borg: the Swede is the only player of all time who has won three times in Paris and London same year. Only eleven players have been able to do this double in almost a century: Borg (1978, 79 and 80), Nadal (2008 and 10), Rod Laver (1962 and 69), Roger Federer (2009), Lew Hoad Trabert (1955), Budge Patty (1950), Don Budge (1938), Fred Perry (1935), Jack Crawford (1933) and Rene Lacoste (1925).
Today (about 15:30, # 0), Nadal debuts on track 1 of the All England Tennis Club against Australian John Millman, 137 of the world that has never faced. It will be the first step, and hopefully not the last, on a road full of challenges. The triple-double can only be achieved by the Balearic Islands, which has other juicy motivations. Winning his 16th Grand Slam and stalking the record of 18 he treasures and threatens to extend Roger Federer (will start tomorrow against the Ukrainian Dolgopolov) is one of them. Another, to return to be number one dethroning to Andy Murray, who will be father for the second time and yesterday assured that it is "perfect to arrive at the end". Thus cleared the doubts that aroused his absence in the exhibitions of Hurlingham by discomfort in the hip. The reigning Wimbledon champion will open the morning shift of the central court (14:00) against Kazakh Alexander Bublik (134th), a lucky loser of the qualifying round.

Djokovic is also in the fight for leading the ranking, as Wawrinka, which is premiered against Russian Medvedev. The Serbian will do it tomorrow against the Slovak Klizan with the help of the exjugador Mario Ancic, grass expert to which he has incorporated his team. "He is admired and respected in the circuit," Djokovic says of the Croatian.

Toni Nadal: "The sensations are not bad"

While his rivals were speaking, Nadal trained hard with Christian Garín, the promise of Chilean tennis who qualified for the final table and who learns at the Academy of the Balearic under the orders of Uncle Toni. The coach chatted with AS about his nephew: "The sensations are not bad, although he has not played any official game on grass. At Hurlingham, the first day the track was wet and she was afraid to slip. And the second did not play well, "he explained before saying that he believes" Rafael is prepared. " "We'll have to see him now, but being here means having the chance to win another Grand Slam."


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