Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon ‘anxiety’ highlighted by John McEnroe
Rafael Nadal's anxiety on grass makes his opponents more confident, Says tennis legend John McEnroe.
Nadal has not won a Wimbledon title in eight years and he has had no grass ATP matches under his belt in the build-up to this year’s event.
The Spaniard continued his clay domination by winning the French Open and he is playing a couple of exhibition events at Hurlingham Club this week.
McEnroe still believes the world No 1 is desperate to beat arch-rival Roger Federer on his opponents favourite surface.
But he is unsure with Nadal’s movement on grass and says it is his major weakness which could lead to another early exit.
Nadal has not played an ATP match since winning the French Open
“Nadal has proven to be very hungry, he wants it,” McEnroe told What’s on TV.
“He’s not as comfortable with his movement on grass.
“The other guys feel more confident coming up with a game plan against him because he has greater anxiety.
“So it’s more difficult him, but he’s also had some bad luck at this tournament.
“You really can’t count him out – he’s been in five Wimbledon finals!”
Nadal was knocked out of Wimbledon in the fourth round by veteran Gilles Muller last year.
But he will be hoping to go much better to extend his lead at the top of the world rankings by accumulating more points.