2; Djokovic slides to No. 4, worst since '09

2; Djokovic slides to No. 4, worst since '09

2; Djokovic slides to No. 4, worst since '09

But his last four visits ended with defeats to opponents outside the top 100.

"The nerves, the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court, it is impossible to compare ... it is the most important event in my career, to win again here is impossible to describe", he said. It's true that after 2012 what happened with my knees has made it tougher and tougher to compete on grass.

Asked what the most hard moments were during the past fortnight, Nadal was stumped. He lost out to Robin Soderling and Novak Djokovic in 2009 and 2014 respectively.

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. "You know, I played pretty well these last few matches".

"Yes after 10 there is 11, but I don't know if there is for me or not", Nadal said when asked about the prospect of adding to his French Open haul. I'm a practice world champion now and that's not who I want to be.

"I have to admit that I've seen him play very little recently and I can not judge his situation", he added. "I am in a good position".

"It's motivation to other players because if it's possible for me, then it is for them too".

Nadal's resurgence is one of the tennis storylines of 2017 along with the similar rejuvenation of Federer who defeated him in the Australian Open final in January.

Before his title triumph on Sunday, his most recent Grand Slam title came in Paris in 2014 and he admitted that there were doubts over whether or not he'd recover his former powers. During that three years, I had doubts.

"Life is never clear". He creates doubts that you can not have if you want to beat him. I don't consider myself arrogant at all. In the ninth game, Wawrinka broke his racquet in frustration after Nadal had two set points at 40-15.

Since winning his maiden title on his debut in 2005, Nadal has only failed to take home the trophy on three occasions - in 2009 when he lost to Robin Soderling, in 2015 when he was beaten by Novak Djokovic and past year when he had to pull out because of a wrist injury. However, Nadal started with his complete domination when he won the Monte Carlo Masters title after which he eased to two more titles on his favourite surface - Barcelona and Madrid.

He has lost only 35 games in seven matches.

On Sunday, Rafael Nadal clung to the silver trophy awarded to the champion of the French Open, and tears welled up in his eyes.

"In 2005, I thought in 2017 I'd be fishing on my boat in Mallorca. I just won the most important event of the year for me, so that's the only thing that matters today, no?" he said.

Finally healthy for a good period of time, Nadal has shown that he remains the undisputed king of clay.

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