Busy Nadal starts transition phase
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 10:13
  
London: No rest for the victorious. That was the sobering revelation from Rafael Nadal following Sunday's French Open triumph, the Spaniard saying he has not had time to fit in a celebratory drink.

The six-time champion at Roland Garros said the challenge of adjusting from clay to grass courts in time for Wimbledon this month had left him with precious little time to relax.

"Rest? No," he said with a smile.

Nadal said that nobody in his camp had touched a drop of alcohol on Sunday.

"To celebrate the victory, I am going to have time later," he said.

"I have to be focused on the grass court season."

Nadal opened his preparations for Wimbledon by defeating Australian Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-4 in their second round encounter at Queen's on Wednesday and will next meet the Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek.

Having won his way through qualifiers, Ebden looked comfortable on the surface as Nadal punched out his first singles match on grass for the season.

World No.168 Ebden kept the Spanish superstar honest with an impressive serving performance but Nadal was clinical in converting two of his three break point opportunities.

"To be honest I did not feel like there was too much in it," said Ebden, who will turn his attention to next week's Wimbledon qualifiers.

Nadal is attempting to do the French Open-Wimbledon double for the third time in his career following his four-set final win over Roger Federer in Paris.

The ten-time grand slam champion said he was still feeling fatigued following another successful fortnight in Paris and that the transition from clay to grass was the toughest on the tour.

"You play final in Roland Garros, you only have one day," he said.

"The movements are so different.”

"The muscles, you came from Roland Garros with a few muscles very tired, and you came here and you work not exactly the same muscles. So you have a little bit strange feeling in your body."

Meanwhile the British media are starting to get in a bit of a lather over the state of Andy Murray's troublesome ankle in the lead-up to his home grand slam.

The Scotsman, who suffered the injury on his way to the French Open semi-finals, progressed on Wednesday with a three-set win over Belgium's Xavier Malisse.

"It's quite a tricky situation," Murray said.

"I want to play obviously here, play as many matches as possible, but I also want to go into Wimbledon pain-free.”

"And obviously playing on it and doing obviously what I did at the French is not exactly the best course of action to get an ankle better.”

"So each day you play you, may not be making it worse, but it's also not making it go away."

Bureau Report


First Published: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 10:13


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