Wilander: 'Nadal is one of the main favourites now for Wimbledon'

However, the fatigue from a gruelling surface has taken its toll on Nadal, who has told his fans that he has been advised to rest rather than compete at the Wimbledon warm-up event in West Kensington.

"But if I am healthy and I am able to have the right preparation and feel healthy during Wimbledon, then I will probably have my chances to play well", Nadal, who is regarded to as "Master of Clay", added.

It was all looking hunky dory for Rafael Nadal after completing the "La Decima" at the French Open, but now doubts over his fitness have been raised again, with the Spaniard announcing his decision to pull out of the Aegon Championships in Queen's, the preparatory tournament for Wimbledon.

He said: "This tournament, I have been playing great during the whole event since the beginning".

Nadal said he had not given up hope of taking back the world number one ranking that he last held in June 2014.

With the win, Nadal has now moved to World No 2 behind Andy Murray while Wawrinka moves to No 3 in the world.

After losing just his second match here against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals in 2015, Nadal was forced to pull out ahead of the third round past year with a left wrist injury.

Many thought that setback, the latest in a series of injury problems throughout his career, would spell the end of his time at the top.

Milos Raonic, who reached the final at Queen's and Wimbledon past year losing to Murray in both finals is a strong contender for the title of Queen's.

This year, Nadal dropped only 35 games en route his 10th Roland Garros title, improving from his dominating efforts in 2008 (41) and 2012 (53).

Roger Federer is still No. 5 after missing the French Open for the second year in a row.

"This one is number 10 (10th win of French Open), that is an important number", the Spaniard said.

Roger Federer will begin his grasscourt campaign and bid for an eighth Wimbledon crown at Stuttgart on Wednesday insisting that he's rested enough.

"I have to admit that I've seen him play very little recently and I can not judge his situation. But I played against the biggest clay-court player ever".

A showdown between player who had never before lost a French Open final and a player who had never lost a Grand Slam final quickly turned into a breathtaking display of clay court tennis that has rarely been seen before.

  • Julie Sanders