Rafael Nadal could miss Wimbledon due to 'drastic' surface change

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Nadal's latest version of the watch is the RM27-03, valued at $725,000, according to Forbes.

The Spaniard's reign on the clay of Roland Garros has been unprecedented and has been one of the surest things in tennis history.

"You know I can't stand the tweener".

Written off as fading forces two years ago, Nadal, 32, and Roger Federer, approaching 37, have won the last six Grand Slam titles between them.

The 21-year-old made the quarter-finals of a Slam for the first time having arrived at Roland Garros with titles in Munich and Madrid and a runners-up spot to Nadal in Rome.

The Spaniard edged an intense opening set, tightening his grip in the second.

Thiem undid all his good work in the next game, netting an easy volley on the first point and gifting Nadal three more unforced errors to hand over the first set.

A glorious year ended with a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics after beating Fernando Gonzalez in three sets.

Why? Nadal was 95-0 when capturing the opener on clay in the best of five format.

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Everyone else turns up at the French Open expecting him to dominate, yet Nadal is the man who actually has to deliver on those presumptuous expectations. Amazing! One of the best sportsman of all times. Sunday's victory guaranteed that he will remain No. 1 in the rankings.

Unfortunately for him, Thiem began the second set the same way he ended the first. In 2015, he was defeated by a seemingly-unstoppable Novak Djokovic.

Nadal's 17th major title inevitably brought questions about his ultimate career goals.

"You can't fight against the age, and you can't fight against the watch", Nadal said Sunday after defeating Austria's Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

The King of Clay has done it again. He was presented with the Coupe de Mousquetaires by another legend of the sport, Bjorn Borg.

"He [Thiem] hasn't won this year, but surely he'll have many more opportunities to lift a major championship".

To put in context just how preposterous a stat 11 titles at one Grand Slam is, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras are the next closest with eight and seven victories respectively, at Wimbledon. Serving to stay in the set at 4-5, the Austrian had Nadal scampering with a massive forehand down the line, but with the entire expanse of the court to play with, he dumped a resultant backhand volley into the net.

It was his most one-sided final win since allowing Federer just four games in the 2008 final.

"Along with Nadal, he is literally still the world of men's tennis, and to not play a Grand Slam on a surface that we play for two months, on which everybody has grown up on, to not come to the showpiece of claycourt tennis, it hurts the tournament, it hurts professional tennis, it hurts men's tennis".

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