Rafael Nadal at the Double
Rafael Nadal began his grass-court preparations with a rare doubles outing at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.
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Just days after claiming his record seventh French Open title on the Parisian clay, Nadal warmed up for Wimbledon by partnering fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers in a 5-7 6-2 10-8 win over Michal Mertinak and Viktor Troicki.
"The real thing for me is more preparation for the singles [match] tomorrow, to compete, to spend time on the court, to serve a bit, to adapt to the conditions on grass," Nadal told www.atp.com.
"That's probably going to help."
Nadal plays his opening singles match of the German tournament against world number 58 Lukas Lacko.