Wimbledon

Nadal shunted to Court One

2011-06-29 10:24
Rafa Nadal (AP)

London - Rafa Nadal's coach's mood changed when he found out the world number one was scheduled to play on uncovered Court One for his quarter-final against Mardy Fish on Wednesday.

"Court One? That's the worst thing possible for us. If I could choose it would be more logical to play on Centre," Toni Nadal told reporters after his nephew came through a hitting session following a scan on his foot injury.

That the defending champion can play at all is a relief to tennis fans after the images of a distressed Nadal during his fourth-round duel with Juan Martin Del Potro and the Spaniard will have to be on peak form against the sharp-serving Fish.

Opening up on Centre Court will be six-times winner Roger Federer against the dangerous Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France before home hope Andy Murray takes on serve-volleyer Feliciano Lopez, the Spaniard with the Hollywood looks.

First up on Court One are hitting partners Novak Djokovic and Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic, the youngest men's quarter-finalist since 1986 who has captured the world's attention with his broad repertoire of shots.

Tomic has won the opening sets in his last two matches in 17 and 21 minutes and Djokovic will have to start well if he wants to end the world number 158's dream run.

"When you're in the quarter-finals and the pressure's on you, strange things happen," 1987 champion Pat Cash told Reuters. (Edited by xx)

Read more on:    wimbledon  |  rafa nadal
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Anderson slips out of top 20

2014-07-28 13:29

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    04:00
  • SS4
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    05:00
  • SS7
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
  • SS5
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Rafael Nadal won his 12th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, while Roger Federer has 17 to his name. When all is said and done, who wins more?

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.