Rafael Nadal withdraws from Aegon Championships to rest

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Nadal is just short of winning one more game at the French Open to claim a record of winning eleven titles at the single grand slam, a record which is now held by Margaret Court.

"But it's true that this one is going to be one of the more special ones for the 10, for what happened in the ceremony after the final, for so many things".

Third seed Wawrinka, the 2015 champion who had won all his three previous grand slam finals, was gracious in defeat. "Roland Garros is the most important tournament for me".

Rafael Nadal pulled out of his principle lead-in event to Wimbledon on Tuesday night, raising the question of how big a challenge he will be able to mount on the grass court this summer.

Stan Wawrinka, the reigning US Open champion, the 2014 victor Grigor Dimitrov, and last year's runner-up Milos Raonic will join Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych in a quality field. The feeling I have is impossible to describe.

In the French Open 2017, Nadal lost just 35 games and not a single set.

It is a slight blow to the tournament but the field is led by world number one Andy Murray, who is the defending champion and has won Queen's on five occasions.

At that time, and with his ranking sliding, his grand slam-winning days seemed to be numbered.

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

"Nine here is probably hard".

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"But, at the same time, he is still in the world's top four, in the race for titles, and easily inside the top 10".

Moya, a long-time mentor of Nadal, joined his coaching setup this season and will take over as head coach when long-time coach and uncle Toni Nadal retires at the end of this year.

He will step down after being at his nephew's side since boyhood. "Thank you and see you next time, " he added. I am happy. I am enjoying every week, and I want to continue. Nadal scored 27 winners as compared to Wawrinka's 19.

"But there is no doubt that he has been weak for a player with his abilities".

"This win is incredible", Nadal said.

"Revenge is not part of my vocab". So I hope that my knees hold well and I can have the preparation that I really need and the preparation that I wanted.

"Yeah just imagine, these "old men" are back!"

So it's quite surprising that he hasn't pushed on since winning the French Open previous year.

"For sure he's playing the best he's ever played. But again, I did in the past".

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