Nadal reveals Wimbledon regret
Rafael Nadal crashed out of Wimbledon in the second round last year
Rafael Nadal admits he should not have played Wimbledon last year but insists he is ready this time as he gears up for another assault on the All England Club title.
Spain's two-time champion suffered the most surprising defeat of his career in the second round 12 months ago when he was knocked out by the then world number 100 Lukas Rosol. Nadal declined to blame physical issues at the time but the real story became clear soon after when he pulled out of the Olympics citing knee problems.
He said: "Last year I played here because it is a tournament that I love, but I was not ready to play here. After Roland Garros, I felt that my knee was not there anymore."
Nadal added: "I tried my best. I don't have anything to learn from that match because it's not an excuse. Rosol played a fantastic fifth set. He probably would have beat me if I was healthy.
"It's not the case that just because I am healthy, I'm going to play better this year. But that experience for me last year was too much. I suffered too much."
Nadal's defeat last year was the second major shock of the tennis summer after Serena Williams crashed out in the first round of the French Open to Virginie Razzano.
Williams now cites that match as a key moment in her career, with the American losing only three of 77 matches since.
For Nadal, though, there is no sense of wanting to make up for the disappointment of 12 months ago, only good feelings that this year he has arrived in SW19 healthy.
The 27-year-old said: "When you are coming back from a situation that I did, after being injured for seven months, it's true that you come with a special feeling, very fresh, a special motivation, because you feel that you lost a year for things that you cannot control.
"That really motivates me. But a loss is nothing special. I just accept that that's the sport. You lose and you win."