Perfect 10: Rafael Nadal routs Stan Wawrinka for record 10th French Open
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 6:07
"Absolutely he is one of the main favourites now for Wimbledon", three-times French Open champion Wilander, hosting Eurosport's flagship "Game Set and Mats" programme in Paris, said as he digested Nadal's return to his Roland Garros throne.
"I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able play Queen's next week", he wrote on a post on his Facebook page. He apologized to tournament organizers and British fans.
Nadal, 31, announced on Tuesday that after consulting with his team and doctors, he will be missing the Queen's grass event next week, one of the two main warm-ups before Wimbledon.
King of clay Rafael Nadal hammered Stan Wawrinka, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, to earn an unprecedented 10th title at the French Open on Sunday. Amazingly, Nadal's two previous Wimbledon crowns came in the only two years he won the French Open without dropping a set (2008 and 2012).
"This tournament is really special for me and I understand that my win here is unprecedented".
Nadal continued: "The feeling I have is impossible to describe".
With the win, Nadal also extended his head-to-head lead over Wawrinka to a stellar 16-3, and improves to a flawless 10-0 in French finals. And I (have) missed playing at Wimbledon.
"If you're not completely free. you don't want him to take the lead and play even more freely", said Wawrinka, who became US Open champion a year ago. "I never thought I would have a long career and win a lot of trophies". I try to play my best at all events. After 31 consecutive victories at the French Open since his debut and four titles, Nadal lost his first match in the French Open against Swedish player Robin Soderling in the fourth round of the tournament in 2009. "Not in the shape I would have performed on clay", he said.
With the win, Nadal has now moved to World No 2 behind Andy Murray while Wawrinka moves to No 3 in the world. If you have no doubts, you are very arrogant.
Winning his 10th title in Roland Garros places Rafael Nadal at the top of the table when it comes to clay court.