Nadal to miss Queen's in order to rest before Wimbledon

Ross Houston
June 26, 2017

"Clay-court expert 31-year-old Spanish tennis player #Rafael Nadal defeated Swiss tennis player 32-year-old Stan Wawrinka by 6-2 6-3 6-1 to win the #french open" for a record tenth time.

"It is really incredible".

Wawrinka arrived in Paris fresh off winning a clay court title in Geneva and knocked out world number one Andy Murray in a five-set thriller in the semi-finals.

He said: "There has been a little while since I played a very good Wimbledon".

The 31-year-old Spaniard has coasted into a 10th French Open final without dropping a set.

"But, at the same time, he is still in the world's top four, in the race for titles, and easily inside the top 10. I think I'm still - I still can not believe it, because it was my dream and now it came true", she told reporters after defeating Simona Halep, who was seeded third in the tournament.

"I've had some tough moments with injuries, but that's part of my career, too".

"I was terribly surprised to win the Australian Open and to back it up and win the sunshine double in Indian Wells and Miami was a complete surprise to me", Federer said. Next closest is Dominic Thiem at 34, and only four other players have even hit the 25-win mark.

The Swiss has won all three Grand Slam finals in which he has appeared - in 2014 he beat Nadal in Australia and then Djokovic in the 2015 Paris final and again in last year's US Open finale.

Going by that trend, Nadal should enter the Wimbledon as a significant favourite. Toni won't travel with his nephew next year, as he steps aside to focus on his work at Nadal's new tennis academy in Mallorca.

"In three weeks I won Geneva and made final of a Grand Slam, so that's big for me", said Wawrinka, who will rise a spot to third in the rankings.

He added: "I love grass".

Nadal has not had to wait as long as Real Madrid did for a 10th European title but, for a man who won nine titles in 10 years, two years without one was virtually an eternity.

The fourth seed, who has only lost two matches at Roland Garros since his debut in 2005, is now just one short of Margaret Court's all-time record of 11 titles at a single grand slam.

Twelve months ago, Nadal quit the French Open with a wrist injury before the third round.

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