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La Decima for Rafael Nadal at French Open 2017

La Decima for Rafael Nadal at French Open 2017

With 31-year-old Nadal five years younger than the Swiss, time might be on his side to eventually come out tops.

However, the fatigue from a gruelling surface has taken its toll on Nadal, who has told his fans that he has been advised to rest rather than compete at the Wimbledon warm-up event in West Kensington.

"It's been a while since I played a good Wimbledon", Nadal said in the wake of his crushing 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory here over Stan Wawrinka in the final.

Leave it to others to decide whether Rafael Nadal is playing the best tennis of his career as he comes off a 10th French Open championship, his 15th Grand Slam title in all, and now turns his attention to Wimbledon.

Tournament organisers had rolled out a banner with the words "Bravo Rafa" and showed a video of all his ten victories on the big screen inside the stadium during the trophy ceremony.

During the period from 2005 to 2014, he won nine French Open titles and in 2009 won the only Australian Open.

Next up on the Slam list in three weeks' time is Wimbledon where Nadal was champion in 2008 and 2010 and runner-up in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

When in form and when fully fit, as he showed at the French Open, Nadal is near impossible to beat. Wimbledon begins on July 3.




"But he is too good a player for this to continue indefinitely".

The WTA ranking were also affected after the tournament in Paris, Jelena Ostapenko, who won the French Open title on Saturday - her first tour-level title of her career - reached 12th ranking.

Nadal, who won his 10th French Open title last Sunday, will not feature at the Queen's Club tournament, which starts Monday.

"It's really incredible. To win La Decima is very, very special", said Nadal.

"I'm just very happy, super happy about what happened here".

Nadal admits that if he suffers a new problem with his knees on the Wimbledon grass, where the lower bounce of the ball piles more pressure on the legs and joints, then his visit to London may again be short-lived. "The only thing that I know is I am playing well now".

"I'm aware of how hard he has been practicing, working that backhand seven, eight hours a day".

It was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal; just the fourth for Wawrinka, the oldest man in the championship match in 44 years.


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