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Rafael Nadal withdraws from the Aegon Championships — ATP Queen's

Rafael Nadal withdraws from the Aegon Championships — ATP Queen's”

Nadal has enjoyed a blistering start to 2017, reaching the final of the Australian Open before really dominating the clay-court season.

While the majority of Nadal's 15 Grand Slam titles have come on clay, he has also beaten Federer in Grand Slam finals both on grass and the hardcourt.

Toni Nadal is planning to step down as his nephew's head coach at the end of the season. This time, he was a little more composed.

Nadal become the first player in open era and the 2nd player of the history of tennis, won 10 title in a grand slam.

Turned out he could, and he did, as masterful as at any time.

Or as the Nadals preferred: La Decima, Spanish for "The Tenth".

"I didn't play my best tennis for sure, I was a little bit hesitant with my selection of shots". Hard to compare to other places. "Today I lost the final but three weeks ago I was feeling down, I had doubts about my game", said Wawrinka. "It's the most important tournament in my career and to win again is something I can't describe".

The 36-year-old has yet to beat the French Open champion in any of their five meetings at Roland Garros.

Nadal was imperious during his straight sets victory over Stan Wawrinka, yesterday. "Rafa could arrive here next year in May with 18", added Wilander, who won three French Open titles between 1983 and 1988. "But not only here". Nadal fell to Federer in two of the three title matches, but on the red dirt in Europe, the Spaniard has been almost ideal. You have some that are (more) special than others.

"In 2005, I thought in 2017 I'd be fishing on my boat in Majorca", he said. "And here, we had the confirmation".

Djokovic has managed just two tournament victories, at last year's Rogers Cup and the Qatar Open in January, since suffering a shock third-round defeat to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in 2016. Now he is 31, the shorts are shorter, the hair more closely cropped, the shirt has sleeves.

Nadal never relented in this first men's final featuring two thirty-somethings at Roland Garros since 1969.

"Absolutely he is one of the main favourites now for Wimbledon".

It was a steamy day in Paris - temperatures hovered around 30 degrees Celsius - a boost to Nadal's heavily spun forehand.

Nadal has that way of wearing down opponents.

But with only 48% of points won on his first serve, Wawrinka's consistency was lacking and his frustration was growing.

One area of significant improvement for Nadal is his serve. That would be Wawrinka's lone break chance. The Spaniard said he's "excited" about Wimbledon and "likes playing on grass", but he worries about the stability of his knee and his fitness after French Open play. "So happy for everything", he told a throng of media in a room alongside Court Philippe Chatrier.

Even Wawrinka applauded that one. Nadal said with a smile. "When you hesitate on how to play a ball, your legs move later and it's too late".

Indeed. Good as ever.



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