Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Roddick backs Rafa to defend Wimbledon title

Rafael Nadal

Andy Roddick fully expects Rafael Nadal to defend his Wimbledon title this year even though the Spaniard is suffering from tendinitis in his knees.

Roddick moved into the third round of the AEGON Championships with an easy, straight-sets win over Kristof Vliegen on the day Nadal confirmed he would be doing all he could to shake off his troublesome knee problems in time for the start of Wimbledon.

Nadal pulled out of the AEGON Championships at the Queen’s Club to concentrate on getting fit in time to defend his title at SW19.

"I have been playing with pain in my knees for some months now and I can’t go on like this," said Nadal yesterday. "The pain was limiting certain movements in my body, which affected me mentally as well.”

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