Nadal unsure of Wimbledon appearance after French Open win


With his 17th major title, Nadal, 32, closed the gap on archrival and 20-time victor Roger Federer on the all-time list for most Grand Slam men's singles titles.

He is now reaching close to his old-age rival Roger Federer's tally of 20 Grand Slam titles.

Playing the king of clay at the French Open is akin to scaling Mont Blanc without any ropes and even an intrepid adventurer from Europe's Alpine heartland found it a peak too steep as Rafael Nadal claimed an 11th title on Sunday.

Nadal secured win No.11 at Roland Garros yesterday with a straight sets win over Dominic Thiem. The clay of Paris is the clay of Nadal, who has fallen in victory six times to his back and thrice to his knees, plus the two occasions standing, winding up 10 times behind the baseline and one sprawled between the service boxes, living a single dream of many so very many times. "I had no setbacks, so I'm fit", said Federer when quizzed about his mindset.

In the meantime, Nadal is scheduled to compete at Queen's Club next week, before bidding for a third Wimbledon title.

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"Last time I did that I came back here very strong and my reaction was very good after losing against Tommy [Haas] a year ago, I didn't drop another set for the rest of the grass-court season which I was very happy about". She was the first reigning women's champion to lose her opening match at the French Open since 2004.

The 32-year-old Spaniard had wrapped up his 17th major, taken his career earnings beyond the $100 million mark and extended his record in Paris to 86 wins and just two defeats. Nadal's introduction included a year-by-year accounting of every time he'd already won the French Open. "I think I have showed that I can this week", insisted Zverev. He lost in the semifinals in the last two years and has been the second best clay-court player in the world during that time.

"I played my best match of the tournament", Nadal told the crowd afterward.

"But I'm also aware that here it's tougher", said Thiem, the first Austrian in a major final since Thomas Muster won in Paris in 1995. "I would tell you that's something nearly impossible, but here we are", Nadal told reporters.

"Now I have to come back to speak with my team and decide what's better for my body".

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"Last year I felt that I had a good opportunity to go far in the tournament (Wimbledon)".

Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.

He led by two sets plus a break early in the third when the middle finger on his racket-wielding left hand was cramping so badly he couldn't straighten it.

Right from the start of the tournament the Nadal camp knew Thiem was the biggest danger, having seen at first hand what the Austrian can do when he defeated their man in Madrid last month.

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