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Nadal to play Wimbledon warm-up tourney at Queen's

February 09, 2016 16:50 IST
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Spaniard Rafael Nadal will sharpen his grasscourt game at London's Queen's Club ahead of Wimbledon in June, organisers of the Aegon Championships said on Tuesday.

Rafael NadalThe 14-times grand slam champion, ranked fifth in the world, has fond memories of Queen's, having won the title there in 2008 before going on to beat Roger Federer a few weeks later and claim his first Wimbledon crown.

Defending champion Andy Murray is also confirmed for the traditional warm-up event which starts on June 13.

"Holding that trophy again would be amazing although I am well aware of the difficulties because the tournament always has so many good players," Nadal said in a statement.

Before his thoughts turn to grass, however, Nadal will seek to return to the kind of form that once made him dominate men's tennis, particularly on clay.

He suffered a disappointing first-round exit at the Australian Open and with his 30th birthday looming his aura is in danger of fading.

He has not won a title since August in Hamburg and has not added to his grand slam collection since the 2014 French Open when he ruled at Roland Garros for a record ninth time.

He is top seed at this week's Buenos Aires Open.

Image: Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during a news conference

Photograph: Jason O'Brien/Reuters

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