Rafael Nadal has moved to reassure fans he will be ready for a crack at Wimbledon after taking some time off, with the Spaniard admitting he is struggling from fatigue.
The world number two went straight from winning a record seventh French Open title, beating Novak Djokovic in the final, into his grass court preparations for Wimbledon.
However, the Spaniard played only two matches at the Gerry Weber Open before being knocked out by Phillip Kohlscreiber, which led Nadal to admit he had rushed back into action too quick.
Nadal has admitted he plans to take some time off after a clay court season that saw him win titles in Monte Carlo, Rome and at Roland Garros, but he does not regret playing in Germany as the grass court practise will have helped.
He has twice won at Wimbledon – in 2008 and 2010 – and his powerful strokes can cause great damage on the courts at SW19, with many predicting yet another Nadal versus Djokovic Grand Slam final, with their rivalry growing with very passing encounter.
The 26-year-old has said he will rest at home and try to relax before heading over to Wimbledon, as he wants to feel in peak condition both physically and mentally to go for another title.
"I will rest at home. I can't practise on grass there but it's better not to practise for a few days,” he said.
“I've played almost every match possible since Indian Wells. When I'm ready to come back, I'll go to Wimbledon."
Nadal’s old nemesis Roger Federer, who holds seven Wimbledon titles, lost in the final of the Gery Weber Open to Tommy Haas, with the German himself having been handed a wild card into the main draw at SW19.
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