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Nadal, Djokovic fear Wimbledon title may be beyond them


Rafael Nadal , Novak Djokovic

Johannesburg: World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and World No. 2 Novak Djokovic fear that the Wimbledon title might be beyond them as they head into the season’s third Grand Slam tournament.

Nadal, who recently won a record ninth French Open title, had bagged the Wimbledon crown in 2008 and 2010 and had finished runner-up in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

However, Nadal’s last two visits have been humiliating as he suffered his first ever opening round exit at a Grand Slam in 2013 to Belgium’s Steve Darcis who was ranked 135 at the time, followed by a second round defeat to Lukas Rosol twelve months ago, Sport24 reported.

Nadal hinted at another Wimbledon letdown after he beat Djokovic in the French Open finals, saying that he is healthy and that is the most important thing, adding that he hopes that his knee would have a positive feeling on grass because he felt his knee was better last year on other surfaces.

Nadal said that grass has always been a little bit harder for him after injury, adding that he played Wimbledon in 2012 with his knee injury and he never played another match after that on the surface.

Meanwhile, Djokovic, who won his only Wimbledon title in 2011 and finished runner-up to Andy Murray in 2013, has not played a grass-court warm-up event since 2010.