Nadal pulls out of Queen's Club event

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka.

"Congratulations to a true champion on and off the court".

The 31-year-old Spaniard picked up his tenth French Open title last week, not losing a single set in the tournament.

Not only did Nadal win every set he played in the tournament, he dropped a total of only 35 games, the second fewest by any man on the way to any title at a major tournament with all matches being best-of-five-sets in the Open era, which dates to 1968.

"It looks right now as if Djokovic doesn't want to be on the court", former world No 1 John McEnroe said. At 5-1, I thought probably I am going to win this. "But what this title has done is restart his campaign". This is the only Grand Slam where the Swiss player didn't win. "Rafa could arrive here next year in May with 18".

After winning his ninth Roland Garros and 14th major in 2014, Nadal's best performance at the Slams was two quarterfinals spots. Still didn't think he would have won so much.' Asked what Nadal was doing so special, Burgsmuller replied: 'He hit the ball very strong also from uncomfortable positions and it makes him one of the best ones especially on clay.

The question is: how many more French Open titles can he win before he eventually decides to go fishing on his boat in Mallorca? When fully fit, Nadal is a tuned-to-the-minute athlete with Job's patience in putting himself on the baseline and slugging it out, point by excruciating point.

The Spaniard dominated the summit clash completely and didn't allow the third seeded player to stage a comeback into the match.

Wimbledon begins on July 3.

Wawrinka could not convert his threatening single-handed backhand attack into an upper hand, and Nadal, in quest for a record-breaking 10th success at Roland Garros, pleased crowds a lot throughout the match with his consecutive high-quality forehand shots. Wimbledon is something that will soon become the main subject in the tennis world.

Dominic Thiem stands third in the Emirates ATP Race to London, and is followed in the standings by Stan Wawrinka, Alexander Zverev, Djokovic and defending champion Andy Murray.

"Nadal has changed his game and he is playing way more aggressive, closer to the baseline, it's a different Nadal".

"There have been magical things that happened for me at the French Open", he told reporters here.

Both men will battle again in Wimbledon next month. It's unbelievable. It's the last time as coach but I hope I can see more times him playing here.

"I didn't expect this score", Moya said in the players' lounge shortly after the match.

"The reality is I have not had any".

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