Coach's massive Rafa Nadal warning ahead of Wimbledon return

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Rafa Nadal (pictured) reacts during a practice match before Wimbledon.
Rafa Nadal (pictured) appears to be heading into Wimbledon as pain-free as possible, according to his coach. (Getty Images)

Rafa Nadal's coach said there doesn't appear to be any trouble with his foot injury as the Spaniard heads into his first Wimbledon in three years.

Nadal underwent procedures on his foot after winning the French Open, and his 22nd grand slam title, putting him in doubt for Wimbledon.

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The 35-year-old announced his intention to play Wimbledon and has been playing his first grass court matches in the lead up to the tournament.

Nadal played against three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka in an exhibition match and showed showed no ill effects of the injury that had left fans fearing for his future.

He has since played Francis Tiafoe and Felix Auger-Aliassime in exhibition matches on grass.

And after a number of positive signs, coach Marc Lopez has confirmed the Spaniard is relatively stress free with his foot leading into Wimbledon.

"There are good days and bad days," coach Lopez told EFE publication.

"This surface is very unforgiving, everything happens very quickly. We are training with people who serve very well.

"At the moment, everything is positive. The foot issue, which was always the most worrying thing, is OK. We have to finish adjusting training, the other day [Wednesday] he played very well in the exhibition [at the Hurlingham Club against Wawrinka] and now we need to be ready for Tuesday's [first-round] match [at Wimbledon]."

Nadal announced at the end of last week that a procedure to reduce nerve pain in his foot had assisted his quest in gunning for a record-extending 23rd men's grand slam title at Wimbledon.

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Nadal heads into Wimbledon as the second seed having won the Australian Open and French Open already this year to reach a record 22 men's grand slam singles titles.

There is the possibility of a rare calendar grand slam.

He must carry off the title at Wimbledon for the first time since 2010 to stay in the hunt for that elusive clean sweep, last achieved in men's singles in 1969 by Rod Laver.

Murray, who like Nadal is a two-time former Wimbledon champion, was paired with James Duckworth of Australia and could face big-serving American John Isner in round two.

Murray has been troubled by an abdominal strain in the past fortnight, and it remains to be seen whether the 35-year-old is in shape to be a contender.

with AAP

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