Fendrich on Tennis: Slam drought done, Nadal heads to grass

Fendrich on Tennis: Slam drought done, Nadal heads to grass

"That's for sure. But not only here", said Wawrinka, a three-time major champion, including at the 2015 French Open.

On a warm Sunday in Paris, just flawless for the Spaniard, Nadal played near ideal tennis trouncing former champion Stan Warwinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to win his 15th career Grand Slam.

The Spaniard has now overtaken Pete Samparas to become the second most decorated male tennis player though he is still three Grand Slams behind archrival, Roger Federer. "After 2012 what happened with my knees has made it tougher and tougher for me to compete on grass". "It's impossible to compare it to another place", Nadal said.

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

Despite their rivalry on the court, however, both men are deeply respectful of each other, as Federer's tweet proves.

"I really had some tough moments during the last couple of years with injuries so being back playing at my best, I did it since the beginning of this season but playing at this level at the most important event of the year for me, you know, means a lot, so I'm very very happy". The Spaniard said he's "excited" about Wimbledon and "likes playing on grass", but he worries about the stability of his knee and his fitness after French Open play.

"So if that happens, why not?"

"If I have pain in my knees, then I know from experience that it's nearly impossible", he said.

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He added: "I need to have strong and powerful legs to play well at Wimbledon".

One Rafael Nadal won Monte Carlo in April, it seemed like a foregone conclusion a 10th French Open would be just two months away.

What many will do is downplay the head-to-head record, but if Nadal reaches or beats many of Federer's records, then I believe that this seals the deal. "You have to be humble and accept that you have to work to improve things". I was always, like, a little bit between for few reasons. "Life is not that clear", he said. It allows you to ignore the haters and doubters. I don't consider myself arrogant at all. "If I am able to keep playing well, why not [reach the world number one spot]?" Bjorn Borg was the only player in history until Nadal's emergence who dropped only 32 games en route to the 1978 French Open title.

Swiss maestro Roger Federer, who skipped the French Open twice in a row, is on the fifth spot in the rankings.

"An unbelievable 10th title at Roland Garros for Rafael Nadal -that will never happen again".

Wawrinka admitted the daunting mental challenge of facing Nadal on his favourite surface contributed heavily to the crushing defeat.

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.

Nadal, after claiming the historic win, could not hold back his emotions as he described his joy during the aftermath of the emphatic result.

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