Rafael Nadal withdraws from Aegon Championships to rest


Rafael Nadal became the first tennis player in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a Grand Slam event when he thrashed Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the French Open 2017 final at the Stade Roland-Garros on Sunday.

In a Facebook post on his official page, the 15-time Slam champion wrote: "I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able to play Queen's next week".

'Sorry to all the great fans in Britain and to the tournament organisers.

Defeating Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, Nadal, often referred to as the "king of clay", showed his dominance over the red clay courts of the French Open, also referred to as Roland Garros in Paris.

"I love grass, everybody knows, and it's a surface that I really enjoyed a lot playing on".

Wawrinka's firepower off both forehand and backhand had seen off world number one Andy Murray in the semi-finals, but he could not dominate Nadal in the same way. This is the first time Nadal has won in Paris without dropping a set. However, the most important thing is being one of the top four seeds (especially with Roger Federer's seed now unknown) and it is unlikely he loses that distinction.

Assuming Nadal plays Wimbledon, this will be just the second time since 2005 that he has gone to the year's third major without a warm-up.

Nadal, the last Grand Slam victor in the French Open in 2014, had to fight with a number of injuries.

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

"I didn't expect this score", Moya said in the players' lounge shortly after the match.

"It's hard to describe how I'm feeling; all I can say is "thank you". "I've had enough breaks".

Nadal, who has now closed back to within three of Federer's all-time record with a 15th slam title, said in halting French: "It's truly fantastic". "But keep in mind I played five finals in Wimbledon".

On Sunday, he will be playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final.

"I've had a great season so far and I am happy to have already qualified for London", the Spaniard was quoted as saying by the ATP website Tuesday.

However, Nadal did play down his chances of triumphing at the All England Club by suggesting much would depend on how his knees would respond to playing on grass, with more questions now raised over his fitness for the third Grand Slam of the year by his Queen's pullout.