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Nadal on guard to avoid being cut on the grass at Wimbledon

The alarms have been sounding and the red flags are flying. Rafael Nadal is heading into a slippery situation at Wimbledon, the next Grand Slam tournament.

Dustin Brown beat No. 1 Nadal, for his second Top 10 win, in 2nd round in Halle, Germany.
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Nadal during previews for Wimbledon Championships at Wimbledon on June 21, 2014 in London, England.
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The concern is not to be taken lightly and Nadal himself knows the perils of the grass courts. Nadal calls Wimbledon “the most dangerous tournament of the year.”

The Spaniard champion does have two Wimbledon trophies to his name and has been in five finals, but his latest grass court losses have been shocking

Recently Nadal was knocked out of the first round at the Halle grass court tournament by journeyman 78th ranked Dustin Brown of Germany.

Last year in the Wimbledon opening round, 135th ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium took Nadal out in a straight set defeat. In 2012 Nadal lost in the second round to Czech Lukas Rosol who was ranked 100 at the time.

Roger Federer points out Nadal's record at Wimbledon,

“I think Nadal might be slightly more vulnerable in the early rounds, but [just] like most of the guys,” Federer said. “This new, fresh, lush grass — we’re not quite used to it… I think the early rounds are key for most of the top guys. I think we’re talking about the first two rounds in particular. “

That fact seems true for Nadal especially as his history in Wimbledon shows that if he gets to the fourth round, he will go on to the final. But before he gets that far this year he will have face possibly Rosol again and then Federer, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori.

Nadal enters this year's Grand Slam event in England with the right attitude. Nadal said, “I am here in Wimbledon and I really want to try to play well here. That's my real goal today."

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