Rafael Nadal announced this Thursday his decision not to participate in either the Wimbledon tournament or the Olympic Games, where he won two golds, to “prevent any type of excesses” in his body.
Given this, okay reviewing your Wimbledon record, with some very particular points.
Since 2013, there have been 14 Spanish participations in the All England. Far from his stratospheric numbers at Roland Garros, his record is 53-12 at the tournament.
Twice the man from Manacor consecrated himself. The first time was in 2008, after a historic final against Roger Federer that was in his hands by 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8) and 9-7 in the definition more long of history until that moment and that it had several cuts due to rain and ended up practically in the dark.
Absent in 2009, he repeated in 2010 with a victory against Tomas Berdych by 6-3, 7-5 and 6-4 in the definition.
In addition, he was a finalist in 2006 (first definition of a Spanish man in 40 years), 2007 and 2011. And twice he fell in the semifinals: 2018 and 2019.
He never lost in the quarterfinals but he did lose in the round of 16, an instance in which he yielded in 2014 (the year of Nick Kyrgios’ explosion, aged 19) and 2017.
The only time he fell in the third round was in 2003, in his debut, at just 17 years old, to be the youngest to reach that instance in all of history. A year ago it had been semi-finalist as junior.
Contrary to what you might think due to his repeated knee discomfort (and that they suffer in the grass), he only missed in 2004, 2009 and 2016. 2021 will be his fourth absence.