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Toni Nadal lauds `brilliant` Rafa post record 10th French Open triumph

26 Juin 2017

Fifteen-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Aegon Championships at Queen's, which starts next Monday, after being advised to rest by his doctor.

"Sorry to all the great fans in Britain and to the tournament organizers".

The 31-year-old Spaniard routed Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros on Sunday 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.

32-year-old Wawrinka, who has featured in three Grand Slam finals before yesterday's match, had a 100% win record, while Nadal, who won his first French Open title in 2005 at the age of 19, had never lost a French Open final.

Rafael Nadal pulled out of his principle lead-in event to Wimbledon on Tuesday night, raising the question of how big a challenge he will be able to mount on the grass court this summer.

The integrity of Queen's remains intact however, with world No. 1 Andy Murray committed to defending his title.

Nadal and Wimbledon have not been a match made in heaven in recent years, with the 15-time Grand Slam victor making quite a few early exits.

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Nadal established himself as a star-in-the-making, beating Roger Federer in four sets in the semifinals in the first Grand Slam meeting of their great rivalry, before getting past Puerta for the title.

"I try my best in all events but the feeling I have here is impossible to describe", the champion said on Court Philippe Chatrier.

First game of the third set and Nadal broke again as Wawrinka suffered further damage.

Since losing in the 2011 final to Novak Djokovic he has not gone beyond round four while previous year he could not play because of the left wrist injury that curtailed his French Open.

"This tournament is really special for me and I understand that my win here is unprecedented". It's Nadal's 15th grand slam win in the career. "When I watch him on TV I will be just as happy".

"I think since the beginning of the year, you can see he's playing more aggressive, staying more close from the line". If you have no doubts, then you are very arrogant. Most of what I have noticed, has come through the media. Nadal held break points in 10 of Federer's 11 service games and won 16 of 24 points that lasted 10 or more strokes.

Toni Nadal lauds `brilliant` Rafa post record 10th French Open triumph