Rafael Nadal after scoring the championship point Image: AFP
We probably have to wait a little longer to see another Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer showdown. Because soon after beating Austria’s Dominic Thiem to win his 11th French Open title, Nadal dropped a hint that he might not participate in the upcoming Wimbledon.
During the third set of the match, the Spaniard suffered a nasty strain on his right hand, for which he also needed immediate medical attention.
After being asked about the road ahead, which obviously involves the grass court season, Nadal said, “Difficult for me to think about it now.”
That doesn’t mean you can already write him off. Giving an update on his status after the unfortunate niggle, he said, “I would love to be playing in as many places as possible, but you understand I need to check how I feel in the next couple of days.”
Federer and Nadal haven’t faced each other even once in 2018 as the Swiss star avoided the French Open due to injury.
Federer is slated to return with the Stuttgart Open, another grass court tournament.