Wimbledon will be complicated, says clay king Nadal

Taylor Byrd
June 12, 2017

Elina Svitolina, a quarterfinalist at the French Open, rose one spot to a career-high No. 5.

"You are a great example and it's always been an honor to play against you".

Wawrinka insisted a five-set semifinal win Friday over No. 1-ranked Andy Murray did not take anything out of him physically.

After Sunday's final, Nadal became the first person in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a Grand Slam. Nadal said with a smile.

"Playing on grass is very special". But the No. 10 is what has kept bringing him joy and fulfillment this spring. He could have done that - and still no one would be surprised.

In terms of the French Open, Nadal narrowly failed to match Bjorn Borg's astonishing 1978 tournament, during which the Swede lost just 32 games - Nadal's total of 35 included a quarter-final that lasted only 10 games as opponent Pablo Correno Busta retired. Also at the ready was a highlight video that showed all 10 of his championship points dating to 2005.

Asked if Federer has a shot to win still more majors, Hewitt added: "Wimbledon with the right draw I think certainly is an opportunity for him".

"It has been a while since I don't play very good at Wimbledon".

"This final to win La Decima for me is very, very special". "But the feeling I have here is impossible to describe and hard to compare to another place". I try to play my best at all events. "I just won the most important event of the year for me, so that's the only thing that matters today", Nadal said as quoted by Tennis World USA. He thinks the champion of Roland Garros will have the edge because of the confidence he will derive from his historic triumph in Paris.

Overwhelmingly good from start to finish in Sunday's final, and for the entire two weeks, Nadal won his record 10th French Open title with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory over 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka.

In the Emirates ATP rankings released Monday, Wawrinka remains No 3, while Novak Djokovic moved two notches down to No 4.

His collection of Slams now stands just three behind great rival Roger Federer, a staggering statistic coming just a year after he quit Roland Garros with a wrist injury. But Nadal's game has been evolving - an evolution that was put off by injuries but is now firmly back on track. I just won the most important event of the year for me. "I love grass. Everybody knows that".

Nadal was unable to convert four break points in the fourth game. His two-handed backhand was decisive, too.

Rafael Nadal only made 12 unforced errors in the final, compared to 29 for Wawrinka.

One area of significant improvement for Nadal is his serve. A lesser competitor might have lost his edge long ago, but Nadal is still sliding after drop shots and throwing his body into topspin forehands with the gusto of a younger player. His place in history guaranteed for years to come with an achievement it seems unlikely will be matched.

In the first set on Philippe Chatrier court, the Swiss controlled most of the rallies as Nadal opted to sit back and not force matters.

The world is very different, but the men's game has remained surprisingly resistant to change. There were promising signs at the Australian Open but Federer, himself having overcome knee and back issues, was too good in the Melbourne final.

After steamrolling through the European claycourt season, compiling a win-loss record of 24-1 with titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid before regaining his French Open crown, Nadal will spend a few days relaxing at home in Mallorca before playing in the Wimbledon warm-up at Queen's Club.

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