Rafael Nadal was beaten on a super tiebreak by Lucas Pouille in his final Wimbledon warm-up match at Hurlingham.
The world number two, who lost two days ago to Marin Cilic, went down 3-6, 6-4, 5-10 to the French player in London. The loss means that Rafa has failed to pick up a win in both of his grass court matches this year.
Despite the loss, our champ demonstrated signs of the quality that he will rely on at SW19.
After the match, Rafa said:
It is a little bit better than the other day. Enjoying the chance to be here back in Hurlingham, it is a great experience. It is important for me to play this match before Wimbledon starts. We are used to playing in big stadiums but playing at real tennis clubs is very special.
When asked how the matches will help him at Wimbledon, Rafa joked:
I’ll let you know in a couple of days.
I think I am playing better and better every day. Every day is a chance to improve the level of my game and I think since Wednesday, which was the first day I played points, to today I have made a couple of steps forward. So I need to keep going. I have tomorrow, Sunday and Monday to keep working hard.
Wimbledon begins at the All England Club on Monday. Rafa will be hoping to add another Grand Slam to his collection after winning his 18th earlier this month, in what was his 12th French Open.