Nadal first to qualify for ATP World Tour Finals

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his French Open final victory against Swiss Stan Wawrinka at Paris yesterday

Paris - Stan Wawrinka said Rafael Nadal was back at the peak of his powers after storming to an incredible 10th French Open title on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Aegon Championships on doctors' advice in order to rest before Wimbledon.

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".

"It's not that I am apprehensive about playing on grass", said Nadal who won on the grass surface in 2008 and 2010. He apologized to tournament organizers and British fans.

"I think since the beginning of the year, you can see he's playing more aggressive, staying more close from the line".

While the majority of Nadal's 15 Grand Slam titles have come on clay, he has also beaten Federer in Grand Slam finals both on grass and the hardcourt.

Murray remains on top with a lead of 2,605 points but while the Scot has 2,500 points to defend during the grass-court season following his triumphs at Queen's and Wimbledon last summer, Nadal has nothing to defend because he was injured at the time.

The sporting world witnessed Rafael Nadal make yet more history at Roland Garros, yesterday, as the King of Clay comprehensively defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets to lift his TENTH French Open title. "So that's the thing that I am more proud", said Nadal.

"My flexibility routine is very important", Nadal previously told Men's Fitness.

After failing to capture the French Open for two years in a row, thanks to a number of injuries including knee and wrist problems Nadal returned to Roland Garros and left no doubt. I'm a practice world champion now and that's not who I want to be. "He's going for his 10th Roland Garros, so it's something really impressive, something tough". "I think I'm more unsafe when I mix my game with good services, volleys and strong play from the base line".

Since then he has amassed a career clay court record of 389-35, a winning percentage of more than 90 per cent. Other big names involved include 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who won Queen's in 2012 and reached the final the following year. Nick Kyrgios, Tomas Berdych, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are amongst a strong field of players, who have grass court pedigree.

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