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Nadal up for ‘tough’ match vs Muller at Wimbledon

“Was a long time (ago), but he beat me,” said Nadal, the Wimbledon champion in 2008 and ’10. “Gilles is a very dangerous player. He has a very good serve, good volley. He’s especially very dangerous player in this kind of surface. So will be tough match for me.”

“Will be a big, big test for me,” said Nadal, who missed the 2009 tournament with injury but is 16-0 at Wimbledon since losing to Federer in the 2007 final. “I have to be very focused all the time with my serve and try to convert the small chances that I can have on the return.”

“The Wimbledon Centre Court with the roof or without the roof is probably the best court of the world,” Nadal said. “Always a pleasure playing in this court.”

“I don’t know if (it was) because the atmosphere inside the court with the roof is more humid or because (it) was raining before the match or something,” Nadal said. “But seems like the court is a little more slippery than usual.”

“I was playing well the first two sets, and especially the beginning of the third,” Nadal said. “But 2-1, 40-Love, I had a few mistakes. And, yeah, he break me back.”

“Today my rival is every day my opponent and myself, too,” Nadal said, “because I have to do well in every tournament in every match.”

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“I had some good feelings out there and in general thought I did well,” Nadal said.
The world No 1 seed was also asked if he felt he might be in decline, with Novak Djokovic competing for top billing.
“Me? In decline? I won Roland Garros two weeks ago, so I don’t forget that. It’s a bit fast, a bit dangerous to be saying that, eh? It’s my seventh year without being outside the top two. That is a lot of years.”

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