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Nadal declares himself fit to face Mardy Fish

Published 28/06/2011 | 11:36

Rafael Nadal has declared himself fit to resume the defence of his Wimbledon title against Mardy Fish tomorrow.

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The Spaniard suffered an injury to his left foot during the first set of his 3-1 fourth-round win over Juan Martin Del Potro yesterday, saying afterwards that a "crushed" bone could end his tournament prematurely.

But after having an MRI scan late last night, the 25-year-old has been passed fit to play and will put his injury to the test on the practice courts this afternoon.

In a statement released on his Facebook page, he said: "Good morning everybody. Yesterday after the match I went to take an MRI at a London hospital.

"During the match I thought I had something serious but as the match went through the pain got better and thankfully the tests don't show an injury.

"Today I will practice at 4.30pm and I'll play tomorrow. Thanks all for the support."

Nadal's positive outlook came as a stark contrast to his mood yesterday.

After what was a bruising and gruelling four-hour, four-set encounter on Centre Court, the top seed admitted he came close to retiring hurt near the end of the first set after suffering the injury while hitting a routine forehand.

He spent a 10-minute period of treatment shaking his head but, after having tape applied to the affected area to redirect the pain, he scrapped on with the injury take a 7-6 (8/6) 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 victory.

"I don't know, I have to check," he said when he was asked about his condition last night.

"I have to go to do an MRI. I don't know right now. I felt really bad during the first set. At 6-5 I felt terrible. I felt that I had broken my foot. The point at deuce and the point that gave me set point, I felt terrible.

"I asked for the trainer at that moment when the game was done. I seriously didn't know at that moment if I had a chance to continue playing.

"At 6-5, I pushed hard with the forehand and I felt like something crushed, there in the back of the outside of the foot."

Nadal has suffered with injury problems before, most notably when his long-standing knee complaints forced him to abandon the defence of his 2008 Wimbledon title.

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