Rafael Nadal defies logic with Paris victory

Rafael Nadal confirmed on Tuesday that he has pulled out of next week’s Aegon Championships at Queen’s in order to rest and prepare for Wimbledon.”Sorry to all the great fans in Britain and to the tournament organizers”.Days after lifting a historic 10th French Open title, tennis star Rafael Nadal has announced that as a result of the gruelling clay-court season, he will not be playing at Queens this year.A showdown between player who had never before lost a French Open final and a player who had never lost a Grand Slam final quickly turned into a breathtaking display of clay court tennis that has rarely been seen before.After a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 tour de force against Stan Wawrinka in the final at Roland Garros on Sunday, capping two weeks of almost flawless tennis on red clay – zero sets conceded; only 35 games dropped in seven matches – Nadal was asked whether he would rate himself as highly as ever right now.Nadal, 31, triumphed 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.Nadal released a statement and he apologized about having to withdraw from the prestigious warm-up grass court event leading up to Wimbledon but it was the right decision for the former world number one who has troublesome knees on grass.The victory at Roland Garros saw Nadal fail to drop a single set throughout the entire tournament, losing just 35 games en route to his tenth title.Nadal, 31, came through 6-2 6-3 6-1 against the Swiss third seed to claim his 15th major 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.During the period from 2005 to 2014, he won nine French Open titles and in 2009 won the only Australian Open.Nadal missed seven months of action between 2012 and 2013 due to a left knee injury and then a stomach virus.”I didn’t expect this score”, Moya said in the players’ lounge shortly after the match.This time it has been hard for me, but my relationship with this tournament is special.He said: “I love grass, everybody knows, and it’s a surface that I really enjoyed a lot playing on. And I’m going to try to keep working hard to try to enjoy more attractive weeks”. I need to have strong and powerful legs to play well at Wimbledon.