10 Jun 2010

Nadal looks strong on grass

10:41 am on 10 June 2010

The world tennis number one Rafael Nadal has warned his rivals for the Wimbledon title he is a more complete player than when he won the All England crown two years ago.

Nadal's 6-2 6-2 victory over the Brazilian Marcos Daniel last night in the second round at the Queen's Club tournament in London was his first competitive match on grass since his epic Wimbledon final win against Roger Federer in 2008.

Severe tendinitis in both knees meant Nadal was unable to defend his titles at Queen's and Wimbledon last year. But he arrived in London this week unbeaten in 23 straight matches, and he quickly found his feet on grass.

He is adamant that the bonus of replacing Federer as world No.1 after his French Open win didn't rate alongside his relief at being able to compete at his best again.