Nadal pulls out of Queen’s to rest for Wimbledon

The feeling I have is impossible to describe.

Wawrinka will be the third oldest victor of the men’s title if he succeeds on Sunday. Nadal said with a smile. “I’ve always been working hard to do the things I really like”. “If I am able to keep playing well, why not?”

The current World No. 2, earlier this year, had reached the Australian Open final where he lost to Swiss Maestro Roger Federer in five sets.

In the Emirates ATP rankings released Monday, Wawrinka remains No 3, while Novak Djokovic moved two notches down to No 4.

I don’t think there is a better defensive player than him. Wilander says the time away from the court has helped Nadal return to peak physical condition. “His level of play is unbelievable”.

On Sunday, he will be playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final.

No. 1 Andy Murray is the defending champion.

The 31-year-old Spaniard has had a hugely successful clay season, claiming a record 10th French Open crown on Sunday to earn a 15th Grand Slam title.

Nadal missed seven months of action between 2012 and 2013 due to a left knee injury and then a stomach virus.

“When Rafael is good with his knees”, Toni said, “he can play well on the grass”.

The 2008 champion in Queen’s, Nadal’s struggles on grass are well known at this point. Wimbledon starts in three weeks’ time.

But it’s been a while: The Spaniard, now 31, has not made it past the fourth round at Wimbledon since 2011.

His French Open Record is almost ideal as he sports a 79-3 record, with one of those losses coming thanks to a wrist injury forcing him to withdrawn from his third round match a year ago. I am sad to make this decision because I love Queen’s. “I could not play previous year because of injury so I look forward to returning in November”, the Spaniard told the ATP website. “If that happens, why not?”

“If I have pain in my knees, then I know from experience that it’s nearly impossible”, he said.

“I didn’t play my best tennis for sure, I was a little bit hesitant with my selection of shots”.

In 2008 and 2010, Nadal won Wimbledon and the French Open, and, after his win on clay in France this year, the questions are only natural. “I do [it] every day”.

Since then he has amassed a career clay court record of 389-35, a winning percentage of more than 90 per cent.