Reaction to Rafa Nadal's 10th French Open title

Reaction to Rafa Nadal's 10th French Open title

Nadal, who captured the 15th Grand Slam title of his career, now holds the No. 2 ranking in the world, but as he transitions into his preparation for Wimbledon, the question of whether the "King of Clay" can repeat his success on grass remains.

The 15-time Grand Slam champion hailed his "magical" campaign in Paris and said the title was important as he has been working hard to get back to his best after injury concerns, that has troubled him in the recent past.

"It's really incredible. To win La Decima is very, very special", said Nadal. I'm going to have doubts even in a few days, because in tennis every week is a new story and that's part of the lovely thing of our sport. If I have pain in the knees, then I know from experience that it's nearly impossible.

"There is no one in the world who can make you feel more inadequate than Rafa Nadal on this court", said NBC's Mary Carillo, describing Nadal's dominance. He has become a staple at Roland Garros, and perhaps even more impressive than his ability to win has been his longevity. Then I saved a very important game and that was very beginning of the match.

Nadal was forced to pull out of last year's French Open - the tournament he cherishes most - after potential career-threatening damage to his left wrist tendons.

"You are a great example and it's always been an honour to play against you. A very emotional moment", Nadal, who before Sunday had last won a grand slam title at the 2014 French Open, told CNN Sport's Ravi Ubha.

"When Rafael is good with his knees, he can play well on the grass", Toni said. You need to play at a lower level.

Once Hollywood A-lister Nicole Kidman had helped unbox the Coupe des Mousquetaires to a crowd already wilting in 30-degree heat, the final was underway.

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He trusted and defended me. "He won three trophies in his first year, that's special as well". Personally, he welcomed me, we had a talk and I had a good feeling from the first moment on.

Nadal played in five Wimbledon finals between 2006 and 2011, but his story since has been a tale of sorry defeats and injury woes, culminating in his withdrawal past year because of a wrist problem.

The 32-year-old Swiss hit his head with his racket several times during the match, while he also smashed his racket after giving up two set points to Nadal at the end of the second. He made up for that lapse in the third round, losing only one game in three sets against Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Yet, from the start, there was an inevitability about the contest, right from the minute that Nadal saved a break point in the third game of the match.

From there, it was all downhill.

Federer has won the last major of the year five times, but not since 2008.

Meanwhile, French Open 2016 champion Novak Djokovic slid from No. 2 to No. 4 after getting knocked out in quarterfinals.

With Wimbledon set to begin July 3, Paul Annacone - who coached both Sampras and Federer and has just joined Wawrinka's coaching team for the grasscourt season - believes the Federer-Nadal domination will continue at the next major.

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