Rafael Nadal reveals his most important target at Wimbledon | Tennis | Sport

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Nadal is hoping to end an eight-year wait for a title at the All England Club and he is in second-round action against Mikhail Kukushkin this afternoon.

The Spaniard is in the opposite half of the draw to Roger Federer meaning the pair could meet in a blockbuster repeat of the 2008 final.

But Nadal has other priorities over the next fortnight – and the key one is to remain fully fit.

The world No 1 suffered with a hip injury earlier this year and he does not want any repeat of the problem which kept him sidelined for three months.

“I repeat: for me the most important thing is being healthy,” Nadal said,

“That’s the priority always.”

Nadal returned from his injury to win four clay-court titles including the French Open.

But he decided against playing any ATP grass events in the build-up to Wimbledon to allow his body the best time to recover.

“Because if I play too much, then I come here, all the questions are: Why you are not playing less? Now I play less and the question is: Why you are not playing?” he added.

“The thing is easy. I am just joking. I don’t do my calendar thinking about what you asking, I just making a joke.

“I had a long clay court season, a lot of matches. As you know, I had lot of problems in terms of physical injuries during my career.

“Of course, I will love to play on Queen’s. That was my schedule agenda. But after playing the final of Roland Garros and playing so many matches on clay, for my knees, the drastic changes are not good.

“So we decided to stop couple of days, then to start step by step on grass.

“I did the same last year. Worked well. I lost here in the fourth round. But I felt I was in a position to fight for important things.”



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