Rafael Nadal became the first tennis player in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a Grand Slam event when he thrashed Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the French Open 2017 final at the Stade Roland-Garros on Sunday.
"It's not that I am apprehensive about playing on grass", said Nadal who won on the grass surface in 2008 and 2010. "Sorry to all of the great fans in Britain and to the tournament organizers, I hope to see you at Queen's next year".
Nadal's victory in Paris gave him a record 10th trophy at the clay-court tournament and ended his three-year drought without a Grand Slam title.
The Spaniard won the record 10th French Open title last Sunday after registering a resounding victory over Stan Wawrinka.
Third seed Wawrinka, having beaten world number one Andy Murray with a majestic display of firepower in a grueling semi-final, arrived full of hope as, at 32, he tried to become the oldest French Open victor since Andres Gimeno in 1972. "But if I am healthy and I am able to have the right preparation, then I will probably play well". So unless I am 100 per cent sure of the knees holding through the tournament, I will not play.
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We have to learn from our mistakes and come out fighting stronger tomorrow, that's it, that's all we will be thinking about". New Zealand snatched back the momentum after the United States of America notched their first win of the series on Saturday.
Federer pulled out of the French Open to concentrate on the Grass Court season and an interesting matchup is expected between those two in London.
Nadal, the 2008 victor at Queen's, enjoyed another tremendous clay-court season, capped off by securing a record 10th crown at Roland Garros last week.
Nadal won clay titles this season in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid in addition to Roland Garros.
Despite their rivalry on the court, however, both men are deeply respectful of each other, as Federer's tweet proves. "That's the reality", said Nadal.
When Nadal was asked if he doubted he would ever reach this level again after his three-year Grand Slam title drought, Nadal was honest and reflective. I don't know. I am playing well. "I could not play previous year because of injury so I look forward to returning in November". That's the second-fewest games lost at a Grand Slam best-of-five match. "I can talk about the game, about what I did, about what he did, but at the end of the day it's quite clear".
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