Rafael Nadal Wins French Open

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Apart from clinching his 10th French Open title on Sunday, Nadal won three tournaments on clay this season - Monte Carlo Masters, Madrid Masters, and the Barcelona Open.

However, in the wake of his straight sets win over Stan Wawrinka in the final, Nadal has announced that he will skip his planned Wimbledon warm-up.

In a Facebook post on his official page, the 15-time Slam champion wrote: "I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able to play Queen's next week".

The Nitto ATP Finals welcomes more than 250,000 fans to The O2 arena each year, as well as generating a global TV viewership of more than 100 million, as the ATP's best eight singles players and doubles teams compete over eight days at the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world.

However, Nadal did play down his chances of triumphing at the All England Club by suggesting much would depend on how his knees would respond to playing on grass, with more questions now raised over his fitness for the third Grand Slam of the year by his Queen's pullout.

US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, the man Nadal beat in Sunday's final in Paris, is also due to play, as are Milos Raonic, Juan Martin Del Potro and Nick Kyrgios.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has now emerged as the favourite to win the 2017 Wimbledon championship, according to Swedish tennis legend Mats Wilander. The feeling I have is impossible to describe.

Just prior to winning the French in 2005 Nadal began a streak of 81 consecutive clay court match victories, a span of more than two years.

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Said Federer: "An awesome 10th title at Roland Garros for Rafael Nadal - that will never happen again".

By winning the women's championship at the French Open on Saturday for the first tour-level title of her career, Jelena Ostapenko jumped from 47th to a career-high 12th in the WTA rankings. Nadal won six break points out of thirteen.

Nadal has had an incredible run at every Grand Slam event, but no one has ever dominated like he dominates the clay surface at the French Open.

After being ousted in five sets by rival Roger Federer at the Australian Open, the Spaniard has been nearly unstoppable.

"For me to be here for many years is hard to describe".

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

He skipped the tournament past year, when he was dealing with the injured left wrist that forced him to withdraw from the 2016 French Open after two matches.

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