Nadal looking for grass redemption

Recent results, nagging injuries conspiring to lower expectations for Rafa

Updated: June 25, 2014, 12:29 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

LONDON -- For a two-time Wimbledon champion and No. 1 player in the world, Rafael Nadal is doing a good impression of a plucky underdog.

Just getting through the first round at Wimbledon is seen as something of a victory. Was taking four sets to do it a problem? No, it was a minor achievement. His second-round match against Lukas Rosol is being treated as a major showdown, even though the Czech is ranked outside the top 50 and has only one career win against a top-five player.

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