Nadal withdraws from Queen's tournament on doctors' advice

Nadal withdraws from Queen's tournament on doctors' adviceā€

A showdown between player who had never before lost a French Open final and a player who had never lost a Grand Slam final quickly turned into a breathtaking display of clay court tennis that has rarely been seen before.

For the second time in a row, the most important match at the most important clay-court tournament was being contested without him. Virtually unbeatable on a surface that demands the most of any player's strength and stamina, Nadal achieved a flawless 10 in Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.

"I'm a little emotional", Nadal said before his tearful uncle Toni, his career-long coach who will take a back seat at the end of the year, handed him La Coupe des Mousquetaires.

Nadal, who has been beset by injury issues during those intervening years, believes it is the way that he responds to adversity that has enabled him to reach such heights.

A reporter wanted to know whether, during that time, Nadal harbored any doubts about returning to the heights of his sport.

The 31-year-old Spaniard routed Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros on Sunday 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.

He said: "This tournament, I have been playing great during the whole event since the beginning". It's impossible to compare it to another place.

"I need to feel strong, low, and have powerful legs to play well in Wimbledon. It's the most important event in my career without a doubt".

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.

French Open champion Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week's Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club after advice from his doctors to rest, organisers announced on Tuesday (June 13). "Probably I was playing good, too", he joked.

"In 2005, I thought in 2017 I'd be fishing on my boat in Majorca", he said.

Meanwhile, French Open 2016 champion Novak Djokovic slid from No. 2 to No. 4 after getting knocked out in quarterfinals. Yes, she was ranked only 47th.

However, despite boasting a 15-3 head-to-head superiority over 32-year-old Wawrinka, the oldest man in the Paris final in 44 years, Nadal is wary of complacency. None of that mattered to Ostapenko.

As of this writing, odds makers have tipped Roger Federer as the outright favourite to win the 2017 Wimbledon championship. So what if Ostapenko wound up dropping that set, then facing big deficits in the second and third? So it has been, I think, a flawless Roland Garros for me. I'm going to keep playing.

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