World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is fully aware of the challenges he will likely face in the upcoming fortnight at SW19.
Although most are already predicting a potential Federer vs. Nadal semi-final match next week, Nadal is adamant that he is not about to tempt fate by looking that far ahead in the draw, as he believes his first round opponent, Martin Klizan, is a formidable one.
“I don’t see farther than today,” Nadal said, when asked about his biggest threat. “I have a tough first round against Klizan. For the last two years I lost in the first and second round…I start from the first round in every surface. You can imagine even more here on grass.
Nadal suffered a staggering loss in his only match on grass in Halle, where he was unceremoniously eliminated by Germany’s Dustin Brown.
“I really tried hard in Halle, even though I know I was not able to have good success there. But a few days of practice (on the surface) helped me. It helps me a little bit that when I arrive here on Wednesday it was not the beginning (of the tournament). I am practising hard since I arrived here. More than usual. Practising more hours than what I usually do in the tournament.”
The second seed, who was struck with a pair of disastrous displays in his last two appearances at the Wimbledon Championships, believes the grass court Grand Slam is one of the toughest portions of his season, particularly when he was injured and far from at his best.
“Personally I feel that I am doing things better. It is true that for the last couple of years I didn’t play lot of matches on grass, but I am confident that I can do it again. I am not talking about winning, (rather) talking about play better than what I did the last couple of years on grass.”