Rafael Nadal defies logic with Paris victory

He said: “This tournament, I have been playing great during the whole event since the beginning”. “It’s a tough loss”.

“It’s something very, very special and unique”. I guess it is not so bad, but it really depends on how you view his situation.

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

The tournament honoured its greatest champion with a video montage showing highlights of all Nadal’s 10 titles.

“Back in 2005 I thought I would have resigned by now and be out fishing in a river in Mallorca”.

“If I don’t feel that, then probably my chances are not there, no?”

His proudest moment, he believes, came at his lowest ebb at the end of 2012 and start of 2013 when it seemed certain that his career-long battle against knee and wrist injuries would finally be lost.

“When Rafael is good with his knees, he can play well on the grass”, Toni said.

With this championship victory, Nadal moves above Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners into second place behind Roger Federer.

“For sure he’s playing the best he’s ever played”.

He won Queen’s in 2008 before going on to lift his first Wimbledon title, and again in 2010, when he clinched his second title at the All England Club.

He said that he was sad to take the decision as everytime he had reached the Wimbledon final was when he had played at the Queens. “I am in a good position”.

“For me to be here for many years is hard to describe. If I am able to keep playing well, why not?”

Nadal went through the tournament without dropping a set for the third time in his French Open career. Nadal wins 16 times from 19 times, with the three-time Grand Slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka.

He was aware of being within touching distance of the title in Australia in January when he was a break up in the final set only to lose to Federer.

“It’s incredible, I am very emotional”, Nadal told the crowd on the Court Philippe Chatrier in French after he won an Open era record 10th French Open title.

The season-opening Australian Open and season-ending US Open are played on hardcourts while the French Open is on clay and Wimbledon is contested on grass.

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