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Not playing at Queens this year: Rafael Nadal

Pammachio Corsino | 20 Giugno, 2017, 23:03

"It's true that 10 is a attractive number, but actually my favourite is nine", said Nadal, the nine-time champion at Roland Garros who faces 2015 victor Stan Wawrinka in the final.

"He will win grand slams in the future and fight again for world number one".

He lost just 35 games in total, second only to Bjorn Borg's record of 32 in the Swede's 1978 title-winning season.

Rafael Nadal says it will be "almost impossible" to win a third Wimbledon title if his knees react to grass as they have in the past.

"But I will need few days to really see that, because it's tough to describe the feeling of losing a Grand Slam final".

"It's hard to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, it's like no other place".

Nadal's victory here took him up to No 2 in today's updated world rankings list.

Nadal was forced to pull out of last year's French Open - the tournament he cherishes most - after potential career-threatening damage to his left wrist tendons.

"I'm not that interested in the numbers.10, 11 or nine". I try to play my best at all events. "You are always going to be in my heart". He hadn't won a slam in years.

"When you play against Rafa, if you hesitate, it's no good".


Once Hollywood A-lister Nicole Kidman had helped unbox the Coupe des Mousquetaires to a crowd already wilting in 30-degree heat, the final was underway.

After injuries limited him to just 53 matches in 2016, Nadal is pacing the ATP this season with 49 and also a significant lead in wins, with 43.

A year later, Nadal saw off Federer in the Australian Open final and also has a ideal record against his Swiss counterpart in Roland Garros finals, triumphing over Federer in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

If it is at a 100 per cent, he will most probably reach the final and even take a third Wimbledon title.

From there, it was all downhill.

The 2008 champion in Queen's, Nadal's struggles on grass are well known at this point.

Here are five wonderful things you need to know about Rafa's 2017 French Open win.

World number one Andy Murray will defend his title at the Aegon Championships, which will feature four of the world's top 10 men.

Federer had defeated Nadal at the season-opening Australian Open in January besides also hammering the Spaniard in Indian Wells and Miami.

After the match, Nadal said, "You know, on paper, when you look at the scores, it all seems fairly easy [.] But it's not".

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