Nadal ready to face Fish over the net

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Rafael Nadal last night insisted he is fit and ready to resume his Wimbledon title defence.

Nadal feared his campaign at the All England Club had come to an end last night when he suffered a foot injury near the beginning of his fourth-round victory over Juan Martin Del Potro.

Any doubts that the world number one would not be able to take part in today’s quarter-final against Mardy Fish were dispelled today though when he came through a full training session without displaying any sign of discomfort.

The Spaniard, aged 25, wore tape on the injured left foot, but comfortably came through an hour’s session on the Wimbledon practice courts this evening, where he hit with Welsh youngster Evan Hoyt.

Nadal laughed and joked with Hoyt and the 100-strong crowd that had gathered to watch them in practice, and did not grimace once as he reeled off a vast array of shots with his usual fierce force.

The Spanish Tennis Federation said an MRI scan that Nadal underwent on Monday night revealed only minor swelling on a tendon in his foot, rather than a broken bone as was initially suspected, and claimed there was no risk in him competing against Fish tomorrow.

Nadal himself was confident that he would be fine for his last-eight clash with Fish, saying: “My foot is okay.”

Meanwhile, Roger Federer admits he may have to eat humble pie if Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic reach Sunday’s Wimbledon final.

The 16-time grand slam champion believes the rivalry at the top of the men’s game between himself and Nadal still has plenty of distance left to run and has questioned whether anyone is yet a match for them.

Should it be Murray and Djokovic battling it out for glory on Sunday the most successful player in the history of men’s tennis will accept the state of the game is changing.

“If it’s their final, then I was wrong,” he said.