Nadal pulls out of Queen's to rest for Wimbledon

Hazel Gray
June 14, 2017

PARIS-Rafael Nadal will resume his bittersweet relationship with Wimbledon buoyed by his record-breaking French Open but wary of the traps which have ensnared him at the All England Club.

A crushing 6-2 6-3 6-1 victory over Stan Wawrinka on Court Philippe Chatrier made the 31-year-old Spaniard the most successful player at a single slam in the professional era.

"Wawrinka is a very unsafe opponent, so my mentality was that I can not give him the chance to be back on the match", he added.

After Wawrinka netted a backhand, Nadal threw himself onto the groud of the Philippe Chatrier Court with racquet away.

According to Mats Wilander, seven times a Grand Slam champion and now one of the sport's most respected commentators, Rafael Nadal should be regarded as one of the two favourites to win Wimbledon. Nadal has won a total of 15 Grand Slam titles, including one Australian Open and two each Wimbledon and the US Open.

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In the match lasting for just two hours and five minutes, Nadal served four aces, while the 2014 French Open victor Wawrinka hit only one. Federer skipped the entire clay court season, even the Grand Slam, nominally for reasons of "tennis and physical preparation", but presumably also because he wanted no piece of that. Nadal, 31, becomes the first man in history to win the same major 10 times. "Tennis players don't need to hit that many tennis balls but when they have a chance to get in the gym and work on the lower body and core that's what helps".

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. "I didn't really think I'd have such a long career and win so many tournaments". He now boasts a 2,870-point lead over nearest challenger Federer in the Race to London standings and could supplant Andy Murray for top spot overall with an unlikely first triumph at Wimbledon since 2010.

First game of the third set and Nadal broke again as the man who stunned him in the 2014 Australian Open final suffered further damage.

"Winning these kinds of titles, you have chances to become any number on the ranking". So unless I am 100 per cent sure of the knees holding through the tournament, I will not play.

Meanwhile, French Open 2016 champion Novak Djokovic slid from No. 2 to No. 4 after getting knocked out in quarterfinals.

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