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'Rafael Nadal is most threatening when he says he cannot play,' says Stefanos Tsitsipas

A top ATP star has suggested there is a large degree of 'reverse psychology' to Rafael Nadal talking about his injured foot.
Rafael Nadal discusses Wimbledon chances

Stefanos Tsitsipas has warned that Rafael Nadal is 'most threatening when he says he can't play.'

Nadal has been struggling with a chronic foot problem and at times during the French Open he repeatedly said it could be his last tournament there.

Despite the injury problems, Nadal came through to win his second major of the season, and the injury will no doubt be a key narrative again as he competes at Wimbledon.

Tsitsipas is in Nadal's half of the draw, and he does not believe anyone will be seeing the Spaniard as weakened at Wimbledon. Quite the opposite.

“We’re used to seeing Rafa not being able to play and win multiple Grand Slams or tournament,” Tsitsipas told the press ahead of Wimbledon.

“That’s where I think the opponents need to be more careful.

“When he says he cannot play and he has foot problems, that’s where I feel like he’s the most threatening in terms of his performance. It’s actually reverse psychology in a way.”

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There has been some discussion in tennis about whether or not the injections Rafael Nadal used to get him through Roland Garros should have been allowed.

Some road cyclists have suggested it would be considered 'doping' in their sport, but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have confirmed the injections were definitely legal under the current rules.

Tsitsipas, though, says he personally has no issue with the treatment Nadal received.

“I have a lot of respect for what he did at the French Open, playing with that foot," he said. “It kind of makes him feel like he’s immortal with the things he’s able to pull off.

“The matches, the level of intensity he’s able to reach in times where it’s very uncomfortable.

“It would be uncomfortable for most players to compete under these conditions physically.”

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