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Uncle Toni: Rafa's defeat not down to injury

ESPN staff
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Rafael Nadal has won just one match at Wimbledon in two years © Getty Images
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Toni Nadal has insisted that Rafael Nadal's shock Wimbledon defeat to Steve Darcis was on account of form rather than fitness.

In his first competitive outing since winning an eighth French Open title at Roland Garros, Nadal - who missed seven months on account of injury following his Wimbledon defeat 12 months ago - was dumped out in straight sets by world No. 135 Darcis.

Nadal's movement was sluggish throughout and he looked to be limping during the third set, but he refused to blame his suspect knees for his defeat. And Toni Nadal, who is the player's coach and uncle, has insisted that is the case, suggesting the Spaniard's intensity levels dropped following his victory in Paris.

"For winning every match you should play better and Rafael did not play good," Toni Nadal told Sky Sports News. "I think that after the injury Rafael was out for seven months, he has come back to tournaments and he has played very well and has had good success.

"I think after Roland Garros he went down a little bit with his intensity. His physical condition was the same as Roland Garros. In Roland Garros we won but here we lost.

"It is true that it is difficult for him to play here but he was in the same condition as at Roland Garros."

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