Nadal first to qualify for ATP World Tour Finals
He became the first man to win a single Grand Slam 10 times and joins an exclusive club of Grand Slam winners.
His fierce, heavy-hitting, and aggressive style of play wreaks havoc on his body, but it also makes Nadal the clay-court force that he is.
As the sporting world paid their tributes to the 31-year-old, one tribute stood out among the rest, from his historic rival, Federer. I am in a good position. I come back and see people I have a good relationship with and it’s very special.
Despite Nadal’s absence, a high-quality field remains.
Injury problems were followed by a loss of confidence in 2015 and, just when he had got his game working well again at Roland Garros previous year, his body let him down once more. He continued his in-form performance on his favorite surface, where he recorded the most wins in 2017, at Roland Garros without losing a set en route to the final. “I missed playing Wimbledon again [last year], so I hope that my knees will hold up well and that I can have the preparation that I really need and want”, he said. I knew he would have been a very strong player.
Djokovic has managed just two tournament victories, at last year’s Rogers Cup and the Qatar Open in January, since suffering a shock third-round defeat to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in 2016. That means when you arrive in Paris, I’m very nervous and I know that it’s going to be hard for me.
“There have been magical things that happened for me at the French Open“, he told reporters here. He is 2,605 points behind Murray, but could catch the Scot by the end of Wimbledon.
BRITISH number one Johanna Konta is not going to burden herself with expectations during the Wimbledon and would rather focus on giving her best during next month’s grasscourt Grand Slam. ‘I remember that before the match everyone was speaking about Rafa Nadal, and was saying: he will become a great player. He has been in phenomenal form on his favourite clay and breezed through the French Open in near-record time, thrashing Stan Wawrinka for the loss of six games in three quick sets and showed no obvious physical distress.