Class act Rafael won't stop at his flawless 10
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 8:13
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.
"It's been a while since I played a good Wimbledon", Nadal said in the wake of his crushing 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory here over Stan Wawrinka in the final.
"It's not that I am apprehensive about playing on grass", said Nadal who won on the grass surface in 2008 and 2010.
"Sorry to all the great fans in Britain and to the tournament organisers". I missed playing Wimbledon again [last year], so I hope my knees will hold up well and that I can have the preparation that I really need.
The 52-year-old, who will work with Wawrinka's regular coach Magnus Norman, also coached 18-time grand slam victor Roger Federer in 2010 and 2011. But I already won two Roland Garros, too, without losing a set before this one, no?.
While Nadal insists he will be ready for Wimbledon, it is natural now to wonder if he indeed will have that body of his, which has gone through multiple injuries, ready to go in the most popular major of the year. Even at the Australian Open, if not for an inspired Roger Federer, the 31-year-old would be in the hunt for a calendar Grand Slam. "Roland Garros is the most important tournament for me".
This was the last time the Mallorcan's uncle Toni Nadal - who was invited on court to present the trophy on Sunday - will see his nephew lift the French Open title after the pair agreed to end their coaching partnership in late 2016. The ten-time French Open victor has a chance for another title in just three weeks, and while he may still have doubts, the tennis community has expectations of another success story.
"I'm just very happy, super happy about what happened here".
But the song remained the same, Nadal taking the set in the ninth game, just moments after Wawrinka, who knocked out world number one Andy Murray in the semis, had destroyed a racquet in utter frustration.