6/17/12 1:50 PM | Johan Lindahl
After his quarter-final exit on grass in Halle, Germany, Rafael Nadal headed home to the island of Mallorca for a few days of relaxation - most likely with a fishing pole firmly in hand.
The seven-time French Open champion made what has become an annual last-eight exit during his turnaround week on grass as he continues to play following the end of the clay campaign at Roland Garros.
Nadal is not bothered by the run of relatively early losses, and has always been happy to get a break before flying to London for Wimbledon.
This time around, the world No. 2 doesn't even plan to pick up a racquet during his pause. "I cannot practice on grass (in Mallorca) so it’s better if I don’t practise for a few days," he said after losing in Halle to Philipp Kohlschreiber,
"I've played enough tennis for the last couple of months. The calendar is tough, I've played almost every match possible since Indian Wells (in March). I’m very happy with how I’ve been playing the whole season."
But enough is enough. "It’s the time to rest a little bit, to be at home with family and friends, to enjoy the weather in Mallorca, relax. And when I feel ready to come back I’ll fly to London and practise at Wimbledon.
Nadal said that playing on grass directly after winning on clay in Paris has become a habit which has paid off with two Wimbledon titles. "I've played this week for the lat eight years (except 2009 due to knee problems).
"It's always worked fantastic for me. Usually, I don’t play the week before the Grand Slam. I understand that even if I lost, these few days of practice on grass helped me a lot."
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