Nadal improves, but neither can Pouille in Aspal

Nadal, who lost to Cilic on Wednesday, fell on Friday against Pouille at the Hurlingham exhibition, four days after his premiere at Wimbledon.

With better feelings than last Wednesday when he lost against Marin Cilic in the Aspal Tennis Classic of the exclusive Hurlingham Club, Rafa Nadal could not with Lucas Pouille in the second match of the Balearic exhibition, four days after his debut in Wimbledon against the Japanese Yuichi Sugita Nadal touched the comeback, but the French took the victory in the superdemplate: 6-3, 4-6 and 10-5.

With the experimental serve that temporarily abandoned in the ground campaign, the world number two and third favorite in the British Grand Slam by work and grace of his organization, started with security, but began to have problems in service since the third game. Pouille pressed and after wasting some break balls, he scored the first one to get 3-2 and take it out. Then he closed the door to Nadal, who was not able to break the turn of his rival until the start of the second set. He did and then held to force a tiebreaker in which he could not stop the bleu.

The important thing for the two-time Wimbledon champion was to practice mechanisms, lose fear of the grass. the most damaging surface for him, and add kilometers of preparation for the difficult commitment that awaits him in the All England, with the most complicated picture he has had to face in a long time.

Roig: "These defeats do not mean anything "

Rafael Nadal's coach, Francis Roig, assured Efe that the two defeats suffered by the Spaniard at the Hurlingham exhibition" do not want to say anything " and that he faces Wimbledon" with a winning mentality ".

Roig , who acts as coach of the Spanish in Wimbledon, where Carlos Moya will not be, explained that Nadal is "fine", that he is "improving" and that the defeats against the Croat Marin Cilic and the Gaul Lucas Pouille in Hurlingham "do not mean nothing". "The track is very fast and people play big, I think today (against Pouille) he has played much better than the other day and in practice he is also improving a lot. That has given a very good level, "he said Roig.

Since between the two meetings, Nadal has yielded six times his service, Roig ruled out any problems with this blow, said he has played with two players who" are very good subtractors "and qualified that" little by little it will get better. "" We have not started to play yet ... Obviously he comes with the mentality of winning and then to win a Grand Slam, many things have to be He comes well after winning Roland Garros and the last years here he has done well and he has felt good, therefore, in principle, he wants to make a good tournament, then we will see, he has a difficult picture ", he reflected.

Nadal deb will be next Tuesday against the Japanese Yuichi Sugita and could be measured in the second round with the Australian Nick Kyrgios, who already dropped him from Wimbledon in 2014. In addition, with the position of third-seeded team imposed by the tournament, Nadal avoids the Serbian Novak Djokovic to the final, but could be seen in the semifinals against the Swiss Roger Federer.

"You have Federer in the semifinals ... I do not know who I prefer. The two are very difficult. We knew that there were players who were not very hard-headed and we played, so nothing, to try to prepare the best match, "he added.

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