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Nadal set for pre-Wimbledon match

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Highlights: Nadal's tense Queen's victory

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Newly-crowned Queen's champion Rafael Nadal will play one final match on grass before competing at Wimbledon.

The world number two will play Marat Safin in an exhibition match at the Fortis Tennis Classic on Friday at the Hurlingham Club in south west London.

Nadal took the Artois title with a 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 win over Novak Djokovic seven days after winning the French Open.

"I'm a little bit tired but I think with a few days' rest I'm going to be ready for Wimbledon," said Nadal.

"And if not, it does not matter, because Wimbledon is very important and the motivation is 100%."

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The 22-year-old Spaniard is aiming to become the first man to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year since Sweden's Bjorn Borg managed the feat in 1980.

"I've made it to two Wimbledon finals so sure, I can win, but it's a lot of work," said Nadal.

The other leading names at Hurlingham will be Tomas Berdych, Tommy Haas and James Blake.




see also
Nadal v Djokovic as it happened
15 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Nadal to play Djokovic in final
14 Jun 08 |  Tennis


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