Nadal focused on Sweeting
World No.1 blocks out Murray, Federer and Djokovic
Last Updated: 21/06/11 7:45pm
Nadal: Ready to take on Sweeting
Rafael Nadal is refusing to look too far ahead despite his comfortable 6-4 6-2 6-2 opening round victory over Michael Russell at Wimbledon.
The world No.1 is in the same half of the draw as fourth seed Andy Murray, while Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic could await in the final.
However having suffered an early exit at Queen's Club ahead of Wimbledon, the 25-year-old Nadal knows only too well that one slip-up could see him back on his home island of Majorca.
"My biggest opponent now is Sweeting."
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As a result, the Spaniard's sole focus is on overcoming the unseeded American Ryan Sweeting in the second round.
"My biggest opponent now is Sweeting," Nadal said.
"I am focused on my part of the draw. I'm focused on myself. To play against Djokovic or Federer can only be in the final, Andy in the semi-final.
"Let's talk about tomorrow. Let's not talk about 10 or 12 days' time, because I don't know if I am here or fishing in Majorca. You never know what's going on in a tournament like this."
A potential third-round opponent for Nadal is Milos Raonic, with the young Canadian impressing in his straight-sets victory over Marc Gicquel.
The 20-year-old sent down 25 aces in total, including three in his first three points played at the famous venue, and he is excited about a possible clash with Nadal.
"It would mean a lot," Raonic said of the potential match-up.
"If it does get to that, it's a good opportunity and something to look forward to."