Rafael Nadal: 2017 French Open title 'more special'

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Rafael Nadal's wonderful winning streak at Roland Garros started in 2005, when on Court 1 as a 18-year-old he faced a 10-year older opponent than him, German Lars Burgsmuller, who was beaten 6-1 7-6 (4) 6-1.

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club as he looks to rest his body in preparation for Wimbledon.

The 31-year-old Spaniard has had a hugely successful clay season, claiming a record 10th French Open crown on Sunday to earn a 15th Grand Slam title.

"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 the great fans in Britain and to the tournament organisers". "I could not play previous year because of injury so I look forward to returning to London in November".

The 52-year-old, who will work with Wawrinka's regular coach Magnus Norman, also coached 18-time grand slam victor Roger Federer in 2010 and 2011.

On Sunday, Rafael Nadal clung to the silver trophy awarded to the champion of the French Open, and tears welled up in his eyes.

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Stan Wawrinka, the reigning US Open champion, the 2014 victor Grigor Dimitrov, and last year's runner-up Milos Raonic will join Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych in a quality field. Wilander says the time away from the court has helped Nadal return to peak physical condition. However, the most important thing is being one of the top four seeds (especially with Roger Federer's seed now unknown) and it is unlikely he loses that distinction.

Meanwhile, in spite of being in the best form of his life, Nadal again asserted Tuesday that he is doubtful for Wimbledon starting in three weeks time.

Nadal burst onto the scene as a 19 year old phenom when he won his first French Open Title in 2005.

Wawrinka had had an impressive run to the finals as he saw off Andy Murray, the world number one, but he had a hard time doing the same with Nadal.

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

Nadal ended the final in just two hours and five minutes as he extended his record in Roland Garros over his closest rival Bjorn Borgs who has 6 titles.

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