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Nadal in his first year without a Grand Slam

Rafa Nadal could end the year without a Grand Slam title for the first time since his first Roland Garros in 2005, following his unexpected elimination at Wimbledon, his uncle and coach Toni Nadal acknowledged.
Nadal, winner of 14 Grand Slams, including the Wimbledon title in 2008 and 2010, was eliminated in the second round by Germany’s Dustin Brown, the Spaniard’s fourth loss to a player ranked 100 or higher at the All England Club since 2011. .
Nadal, 29, is struggling to get back to his level since last season he was out of the circuit for six months due to injuries and illnesses.
So far this year, he has won two relatively modest titles – Stuttgart and Buenos Aires – and has only one Grand Slam left to play: the US Open.
“I want to think it can be done,” Toni Nadal said on Cadena Cope radio on Thursday night, when asked about his nephew’s chances on the Flushing Meadows track.
“As of today, I am realistic the chances we have are rather low, because we have not managed to play well in a long time,” he added.
«So it is difficult to think that we are going to do it at the US Open, but I want to believe that it will happen. I hope to click at some point and recover the level of play, “he added.
“He has been playing at a very good level for a long time, there is also no such clear reason to stop being good,” he declared.
Nadal’s 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 loss at the hands of Brown, a player coming from the qualifying phase, was “really painful” and a surprise, as the former number one in the world had shown signs of his best and had been well trained, his uncle said.
“The rival has given him very little rhythm and it was difficult to play, but in important moments he has not played well, he has missed too many balls that were not difficult,” he added.
«Of course, you lose a point here, a point there and the game is complicated. In the first place when you do not have confidence in the head, because your blows lose security and direction, “he said.
“In the end, it is a bit of everything and what we have to do is recover as soon as possible,” he added.
Nadal has just over a month to find his form before the North American hard court season begins with the ATP Masters 1000 in Montreal, Canada.

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