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Rafael Nadal withdraws from Queen's Club tournament to rest

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Queen's Club tournament to rest

French Open champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Queen's Club tournament, a warmup event for Wimbledon, saying he needs to rest.

"I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able play Queen's next week", said Nadal. He apologized to tournament organizers and British fans.

On Sunday (Monday in Manila), the 31-year-old Spaniard coasted to a record 10th French Open title, demolishing Stan Wawrinka in a brutally one-sided finals which also earned him a 15th Grand Slam crown.

Wawrinka, who has three major titles, had never lost a Grand Slam final but was clearly struggling to come up with answers to Nadal's clay-court prowess.

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.

He extended his record at Roland Garros to 79 wins and two losses since his first victory in 2005, the only defeats coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015.

Although Nadal had struggled with fitness for 3 years after winning the French Open title. "But I played against the biggest clay-court player ever".




Wawrinka said he had not found his best level but paid tribute to the man he beat to win the first of his three grand slam titles in Australia in 2014. And I (have) missed playing at Wimbledon.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has now emerged as the favourite to win the 2017 Wimbledon championship, according to Swedish tennis legend Mats Wilander.

"It's true that after 2012 what happened with my knees has made it tougher for me to compete on grass".

A lengthy injury list - including trouble with his knees, wrist, and back - saw Nadal slip to ninth in the world rankings at the end of previous year.

Nadal is well out in front in the yearly standings and could take over Andy Murray's World No.1 ranking after Wimbledon next month, depending on results in SW19. "When I watch him on TV I will be just as happy". "Winning these kind of titles, then you have chances to become any number (in) the ranking". "Roland Garros is the most important tournament for me".

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


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