Wimbledon: Number five seed Rafa Nadal not worried by tough draw
Last Updated: June 23, 2013 12:18pm
Rafael Nadal: Taking it one match at a time at Wimbledon this year
Rafael Nadal says he will be taking it one match at a time at Wimbledon this year after being handed a tough draw.
The 27-year-old is back to his best after success at Roland Garros, although injuries over the past 12 months have affected his seeding.
Nadal is the No 5 seed at SW19 meaning he could face Roger Federer in the quarters and Andy Murray in the semi-finals.
French Open champion Rafael Nadal expects every match to be tough if he is to succeed at Wimbledon.
The Spaniard is not looking too far ahead though, stating the surface means that matches will be difficult irrespective of his opponent.
"The draw is hard, but I have to try and play as well as I can from the beginning," he told Sky Sports. "We'll see what's going on.
"I'll try. I know here at Wimbledon is a very special tournament. All the matches are very difficult and close on this surface.
"The draw is hard, but I have to try and play as well as I can from the beginning."
"Every match will be tough. My draw is tough yes, but I'm not looking past my first round today."
Nadal has unhappy memories of 2012 at Wimbledon following his shock second-round exit to Lukas Rosol in five sets.
He was then sidelined for the remainder of the year due to a knee injury and he hopes to continue his recovery this time around.
"It's my first tournament on grass after what happened with my knee. I hope my knee will answer well," he continued.
"So I think this surface is the tougher one today because I have to play in lower positions. It's a little bit more aggressive for my knee.
"Hopefully my knee will continue its positive progress and I'll try to be ready to play."