Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon tuneup for extra rest

As one of the major lead-in tournaments to Wimbledon, the field remains an exceptional one led by the World No.1 and defending champion Andy Murray, the reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, 2014 victor Grigor Dimitrov, and last year's runner-up Milos Raonic. I'm a practice world champion now and that's not who I want to be.

While Serena Williams has served as the face of women's tennis for the best part of two decades, Jelena Ostapenko's improbable French Open success this time around belatedly signals the arrival of the next generation of stars. Nadal said with a smile. I was always confident that Rafa would win - he was the favourite going into it, the team knew it and so did Rafa.

"I've had a great season so far and I am happy to have already qualified for London", the Spaniard told the ATP website. "And I'm going to try to keep working hard to try to enjoy more lovely weeks". He won a record 10th singles title on the clay in Monte Carlo and again in Barcelona.

"He's playing the best he's ever played". It was the third time he won the event without dropping a set, but he lost only 35 games this time - the second fewest by an Open-era men's champion at a Grand Slam event in which all the matches were best-of-five sets. "I hope to see you at Queen's next year".

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At that time, and with his ranking sliding, his grand slam-winning days seemed to be numbered. Andy Murray is backConsidering he arrived at Roland Garros not even sure if he would win one match, a semi-final showing was more than respectable from Murray.

And Nadal? Both he and his uncle Toni, who is also his coach, keep pointing to one key factor when it comes to how he'll fare at the All England Club. He should be able to make a big run at Wimbledon.

In addition to ten major championships at the French Open Nadal also has won 22 clay court Maters Series 1000 tournaments, which are the largest tournaments outside of the majors.

"I love grass, everybody knows, and it's a surface that I really enjoyed a lot playing on".

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"There was no one on the planet that could have beaten Rafael Nadal today", said tennis strategy analyst Craig O'Shannessy shortly after the final. "If that happens, why not?" If I have pain in the knees, then I know from experience that it's nearly impossible.

"I need to feel strong, low, and have powerful legs to play well in Wimbledon".

A backhand which sailed long gave Nadal the first set with the Spaniard having crunched 10 winners to Wawrinka's four while committing half the unforced errors.

"So my mentality was that I can not give Stan the chance to get back into the match".

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