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Coach issues Rafael Nadal foot update, insisting: 'We did not think about winning Wimbledon'

Rafael Nadal's coach Francisco Roig says Rafael Nadal shouldn't have been considered among the Wimbledon favourites - until now.
Rafael Nadal smiling ahead of Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal should now be considered 'among the favourites to win' Wimbledon, says his coach Francisco Roig.

Nadal has won both the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year, and he now awaits a Wimbledon quarterfinal with Taylor Fritz as he continues to pursue a Calendar Grand Slam.

Despite that, Roig insists Nadal should not have been seen as a favourite to win Wimbledon due to no one, including him, knowing how his chronic foot injury would hold up.

However, he says things look much more clear - and positive - now.

"No news, good news," Roig told Marca about Nadal's foot injury. "We don't talk about it, but it's good because we have been able to train a lot these weeks.

"There have been days in which we have played almost four hours.

"When we got here the first thing was to be able to compete because we had the foot treatment and we didn't know how it would work.

"In Mallorca it had worked well. The first objective was to be in the second week and play better every day and now we are in this situation.

"We are in the quarterfinals and we can be happy. At the moment we are going well, but we have a quarterfinal with Fritz and each game is going to be more difficult.

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"When we arrived we did not think about winning. I said that if we reached the second week then, yes, put Rafa among the favourites to win the tournament."

Rafael Nadal certainly made a slow start to the tournament and looked genuinely vulnerable at times during the first two rounds.

However, his level has noticeably picked up since then, but Roig says that should be expected after a three-year absence on grass.

"I have seen the last two games very well," Roig said. "There has been a lot of difference in terms of hitting the ball and dominating, being able to go forward.

"In the end when you see the statistics, the more towards the net you can go means the better you will be hitting the ball, which is what it's all about.

"He's served well, but everything he does can be done better, especially on grass when it's your first tournament in three years."

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