Rafael Nadal Wins French Open

Rosalie Stanley
June 13, 2017

He boasts of a phenomenal 79-2 record in the French Open, which demands tennis of the highest intensity as the slow surface precludes a more attacking game such as seen in Wimbledon.

The sporting world witnessed Rafael Nadal make yet more history at Roland Garros, yesterday, as the King of Clay comprehensively defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets to lift his TENTH French Open title.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic have won their third consecutive Grand Slam title in women's doubles, beating Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 6-2, 6-1 in the French Open final.

At that time, and with his ranking sliding, his grand slam-winning days seemed to be numbered.

However, his last four visits have all ended with defeats to opponents outside the top 100.

The Spaniard has admitted that that, however, it's been quite some time since he played a good Wimbledon.

"It's true that after 2012 what happened with my knees has made it tougher for me to compete on grass". "It's a great combination with all the team", said Nadal.

In that spell, a fourth-round run in 2014 was his best effort. 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.

Switching to English, Nadal continued: "The feeling I have here is impossible to describe".

He added: "I need to have strong and powerful legs to play well at Wimbledon". "Back then, of course, I couldn't think even for a second that this would ever happen to me".

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It's just absolutely phenomenal, " Cash told BBC Radio 5 live, . "Rafa's style of play is so effective on clay, he's lightning fast and ruthlessly tough.

Only Australia's Margaret Court has more victories at a single Grand Slam tournament, with 11 Australian Open wins between 1960 and 1973.

He said: "This tournament, I have been playing great during the whole event since the beginning". "You have to be humble and accept that you have to work to improve things". During those three years, I had doubts.

"Life is never clear".

"If you have no doubts it is probably because you are too arrogant. I am not an arrogant person".

The 32-year-old Swiss hit his head with his racket several times during the match, while he also smashed his racket after giving up two set points to Nadal at the end of the second.

This time a wrist injury forced him to pull out ahead of the third round and bothered him for the rest of the season.

He dominated the clay court season with titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. It was to the credit of Nadal that he won the match despite his low percentage of first serves. Now Rafa has 1 Australian Open, 10 French Open, 2 Wimbledon, 2 US Open titles and it's so not normal.

BBC Sport quoted the 31-year-old saying: "In 2005, I thought in 2017 I'd be fishing on my boat in Mallorca".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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