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Fifth seeded Rafael Nadal will take on Belgium's Steve Darcis in the first round of the Wimbledon 2013 on Monday. It's probably for the first time in many years that Nadal has been seeded fifth in any Grand Slam and he will look to use that as an inspiration to prove critics wrong about his form on grass.


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Nadal's form otherwise has been excellent. He has won 22 matches in a row coming into the Wimbledon and while most of those wins came on his favourite surface, what it would have done is to provide him with the necessary confidence and boost that his knee has finally fully recovered. 


Nadal won the French Open a fortnight ago but there was a slight chink in the armour that saw him struggle in his first couple of rounds of the tournament. Following that he opted to take rest ahead of the Wimbledon instead of playing in any of the grass court tournaments that were scheduled in the past two weeks.


His opponent in this match will be the world number 113 Darcis, who qualified in the ATP TOPSHELF Open last week but crashed out in the first round there. Earlier he had managed to qualify for the French open too but lost in the opener there to M Llodra. 


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In their only previous match, Nadal was a crushing winner over Darcis at Doha 2010


Tags: Rafael Nadal, Steve Darcis, Wimbledon, Grand Slam
Posted: 24th June 2013

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