Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Nadal ClimbsTo No 2

Sunday's 10th Roland Garros was an emotional victory for every fan as it was Rafa's coach, Tony's, last game. I'm very happy for everything.

"I'm aware of how hard he has been practicing, working that backhand seven, eight hours a day".

Injury forced him to skip Wimbledon in 2009 and 2016 while the years 2012-2015 saw him lose to Lukas Rosol (world ranked 100), Steve Darcis (135), Nick Kyrgios (144) and Dustin Brown (102).

Since 1877, Nadal is the only tennis star who has won at least one Grand Slam title for 10 consecutive years.

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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.

"In 2005, I thought in 2017 I'd be fishing on my boat in Majorca", he said.

"I want to be a champion on the match courts, so I'm going to be playing a regular schedule for the second part of the season".

"So this video was very special". (There) have been some tough moments with injuries, so it's great to have (a) big success like this again. In the final at Roland Garros, the Spaniard thrashed third seed Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.

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Nadal plays this way because he's at his best when he's flinging his racket all over the court, swatting back unbelievable shots that only a few other players in the world can make. Andy Murray, the reigning champion, has the second best odds, followed by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

"I could win the first two matches and then things could change", Nadal said. I am in a good position. However, the most important thing is being one of the top four seeds (especially with Roger Federer's seed now unknown) and it is unlikely he loses that distinction. "Winning these kind of titles, then you have chances to become any number (in) the ranking". Most of what I have noticed, has come through the media.

French Open champion Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week's Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club after advice from his doctors to rest, organisers announced on Tuesday.

Federer beat Nadal in the final of the 2017 Australian Open to claim his 18th Major, but the current world No 5 said that he "wouldn't have had a chance" against Nadal had the two squared off in the final of the French Open.

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