Nadal to miss Queen's in order to rest before Wimbledon

Posted June 23, 2017

French Open champion Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week's Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club after advice from his doctors to rest, organisers announced on Tuesday.

"It's been a while since I played a good Wimbledon", Nadal said in the wake of his crushing 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory here over Stan Wawrinka in the final. "Sorry to all of the great fans in Britain and to the tournament organizers, I hope to see you at Queen's next year".

Rafael Nadal, the undisputed "King of Clay", has a very impressive record in the French Open with 79 wins and two losses in the total 81 matches that he has played along the red clay court at the Stade Roland Garros so far.

Wawrinka, the French Open champion in 2015 when Nadal lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, said the Spaniard had lived up to his expectations on Sunday.

The Swiss, who beat Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open final, was dismantled 6-2 6-3 6-1 on Sunday as Nadal won his 10th Roland Garros title.

The only previous two times in which Nadal has won the French Open without dropping a set, in 2008 and 2010, he has gone on to win Wimbledon.

"It's truly incredible", Nadal told the crowd.

I am sad to make this decision because I love Queen's.

Nadal won clay titles this season in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid in addition to Roland Garros.

Nadal missed seven months of action between 2012 and 2013 due to a left knee injury and then a stomach virus.

Wilander said Nadal's resurgence since pulling out of the French Open a year ago with a wrist injury-he also reached the Australian Open final and is back at number two in the rankings-is down to former world number one Carlos Moya joining his team.

After playing extremely well to start 2017, it likely wouldn't shock anyone if Nadal made it to another final before the season ends. I like playing on grass.

He became the first man to win a single Grand Slam 10 times and joins an exclusive club of Grand Slam winners.

"I am not sure I will meet any player who can do better than me and win the French Open titles a couple of times".

While the majority of Nadal's 15 Grand Slam titles have come on clay, he has also beaten Federer in Grand Slam finals both on grass and the hardcourt.