Rafael Nadal had barely 48 hours to celebrate his second consecutive French Open title before he had to fly to England to take part in his first grass tournament of the year at Queen's.
For a player like Nadal more comfortable on clay, the transition between both surfaces is crucial and must take place fairly quickly, in order to get ready for Wimbledon, which begins in ten days.
The Spaniard struggled in the first set against Verdasco, as his Spanish counterpart made him run all over the place and Nadal's powerful strokes weren't hitting the lines.
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Against a player like Hewitt, who enjoys the physical challenge, Nadal will have to hit those lines and make sure his serve is potent once more.
This will be a real test for the Spanish youngster, and will give him some answers as to how far he's gone in his quest to be ready for the beginning of Wimbledon.
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