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Rafael Nadal : Player eyes 10th French Open with injury misery in mind

Djokovic saw his defence of the French Open come to an end at the hands of Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros last week, leaving him with just one tournament victory this year, at the Qatar Open in January.”In 2005, I thought in 2017 I’d be fishing on my boat in Majorca”, he said.A lengthy injury list – including trouble with his knees, wrist, and back – saw Nadal slip to ninth in the world rankings at the end of past year. The 31-year-old star said “It’s the most important event in my career without a doubt”. I’m very emotional – and in this moment it’s even worse.The evergreen Spaniard produced a stunning performance to win his 10 French Open title, a record in the Open Era.The 36-year-old has yet to beat the French Open champion in any of their five meetings at Roland Garros. “I didn’t really think I’d have such a long career and win so many tournaments”.Nadal’s “La Decima” is his 15th Grand Slam overall, just three short of Roger Federer’s 18 titles and the Swiss master wasted no time in congratulating the Spaniard on his phenomenal achievement.Milos Raonic, who reached the final at Queen’s and Wimbledon previous year losing to Murray in both finals is a strong contender for the title of Queen’s.”Winning these kind of titles, then you have chances to become any number on the ranking”.The newly-reinstated French Open champion withdrew from next week’s Aegon Championships at Queen’s, citing consultations with his medical team.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.”Winning this way after being injured on and off for some years, it is unbelievable”.In a facebook post announcing his withdrawl from the tournament, Nadal wrote, “I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able play Queen’s next week”.The decision means Nadal will not have any matches on grass before tackling Wimbledon from July 3.”It’s motivation to other players because if it’s possible for me, then it is for them too”. “I was hoping he was going to dominate the claycourt season like the olden days”.