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Roger Federer looks forward to his comeback after 'boring' last few weeks

Rafael Nadal French Open: Rafael Nadal obliterates Dominic Thiem to claim record 11th title
Edward Snyder | 13 June, 2018, 03:37

Guido Pella of Argentina defeated John Millman of Australia 6-2, 6-2 to join three Germans in the second round of the Stuttgart Open on Monday.

Federer chose to skip the clay-court season and the French Open to prepare for Wimbledon.

After sitting out the clay season to fully rest and prepare for the grass and last playing match in Miami on March 24, the 20-time grand slam victor is quietly confident that all is falling into place as he mounts his quest for a ninth Wimbledon trophy next month.

"I never have been insane about all this kind of stuff", said Nadal.

Over the best-of-five sets on clay in 13 years, Nadal improved to 111-2 - a figure nearly as imposing as the nearby Eiffel Tower - his lone reverses coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015 at the French Open.

Perhaps. But under so much pressure from Nadal all afternoon, Thiem made mistakes that piled up.

Federer took home the title at the Australian Open earlier this year and Nadal completed the defense of his Roland Garros title last week.

The number of consecutive sets won on clay by Nadal, breaking the previous record for most consecutive sets won on a single surface by McEnroe, who won 49 on carpet in 1984. While Zverev is playing good tennis, he is no match for Federer and I expect the Swiss Champions to win easily.




The number of titles won by Nadal on clay, extending his lead at the top of the men's Open Era leaderboard, ahead of Vilas (49) and Austria's Thomas Muster (40). "What is in my mind now is that I won a very important title for me", he added.

But victory at the Italian Open and his 11 French Open title, claimed after beating Thiem in straight sets, has seen Nadal return to the summit of men's tennis.

"But we go step by step, I have a lot of good players around me in the draw and I think it's a tricky one, but I am very excited to be here". Roger knows how to play on this surface. "I am enjoying the moment".

"Still, I'm disappointed, of course".

"No, you can't be frustrated always if somebody have more money than you, if somebody have a bigger house than you, if somebody have more grand slams than you".

Stream every match at Roland Garros live on the FOX+ app and catch up on highlights of any action you've missed. "It was just awful misses", said Thiem.

"I'm confident that this was not my last Grand Slam finals, and that's my biggest goal, to get into the next one and then to do it better than today", he added.

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