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Nadal inspired by Woods triumph

Wimbledon: Monday 23 June to Sunday 6 July
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Rafael Nadal
Spaniard Nadal beat Novak Djokovic to win at Queen's

Rafael Nadal is hoping to draw inspiration from world number one golfer Tiger Woods as he bids to claim his first Wimbledon title.

The 22-year-old Spaniard won his first grass-court title at Queen's last week and is a close second favourite to Roger Federer for the SW19 crown.

"Woods always plays with unbelievable determination in important moments," said French Open champion Nadal.

"I don't have an idol but he's probably the sportsman who I most admire."

Woods won the US Open despite playing with serious leg injuries which have forced him to miss the rest of the season.


"During the last part of the fourth day, there was only one guy with unbelievable concentration and confidence. Only Tiger could win playing with that condition," said Nadal.

And the world number two said he sympathised with 14-time major winner Woods, who needs a fourth operation on his damaged left knee.

"I know how tough it is playing having pain. It is very difficult to concentrate when, in my case, you are running or playing the ball and feel pain," said the Spaniard.

Nadal faces qualifier Andreas Beck in his first-round match at Wimbledon.

see also
Wimbledon men's singles draw
24 Jun 07 |  Tennis
Nadal feeling good on grass
13 Jun 08 |  Tennis

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