Rafael Nadal says, “I should have missed those competitions.”

Between 2006 and 2011, Rafael Nadal had five appearances to the Wimbledon finals, winning two titles and falling to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the finals. In the 2008 and 2010 All England Club finals, the Spaniard defeated Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych, respectively, to win the match and reclaim the title.

In 2011, Nadal competed for a third championship against an energetic Novak Djokovic, who defeated him in four sets to win his first Wimbledon trophy. Rafa struggled to recapture his grass form in the following years, winning just eight matches from 2012 to 2017! That was the last notable Wimbledon for Rafa in more than half a decade!

Rafa revealed his worst performances in London occurred in 2012 and 2013, when he shouldn’t have played Wimbledon but still wanted to give it a shot. He was speaking about those gloomy years at the most prestigious Major. In 2012, after winning five consecutive finals, Nadal was shocked by world No.

100 Lukas Rosol won in three hours and eighteen minutes by scores of 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. The Czech pulled Rafa’s rhythm away by playing all-or-nothing strokes from the beginning to the end, winning two more points and overwhelming world no.

1 break at the start of the deciding in a game of 2. After the fourth set, Nadal had the advantage, but because to the darkness, they had to leave the court for a time and continue inside. Rosol got back to playing his best tennis and won by a career-high margin, dropping just three games on serve.

Only eight victories were achieved by Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon between 2012 and 2017.

A year later, Nadal would end up becoming the year’s top player, but that distinction did not come as compensation for a strong Wimbledon performance. Rafa, who had reached his lowest point, lost in the opening round to the world’s no.

135 Steve Darcis upset him in under three hours, winning 7-6, 7-6, and 6-4! Nadal entered the competition while knowing that his chances of doing well were minimal due to his knee problems and ended up suffering one of his worst losses at a Major.

The Spaniard had to wait five years before turning the tide and making a mark at the All England Club, making it to the semifinals in 2018 and 2019 but falling to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, respectively. This July, Nadal again reached the semifinals, but an abdominal tear prevented him from competing against Nick Kyrgios.

“I had the worst experiences at Wimbledon in 2012 and 2013. For instance, I shouldn’t have competed in 2012 but I did. Prior to Vina del Mar in February of next year, that was my last tournament. It was a great year in 2013. I had a lot of victories, but I struggled at Wimbledon.

I lacked a stable knee, which is a necessary requirement for success on grass. I tried even though I knew it was nearly impossible because I had already seen it in training “explained Rafael Nadal.