LONDON (Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal will return to this year’s Queen’s Club Championships in what will be the 10th anniversary of his memorable triumph that served as a prelude to his maiden Wimbledon title.
Nadal came into the 2008 event on the back of his fourth French Open title and beat Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the final at West London. He then outlasted his great rival and defending champion Roger Federer in five sets at Wimbledon.
“It is going to be the 10th anniversary of my victory there in 2008, it’s a great memory, winning there and three weeks later winning Wimbledon,” Spaniard Nadal said in a video posted to the tournament’s Twitter account.
“It was an unforgettable year. I am excited to be coming back and playing Queen’s again… I can’t wait to be there.”
Nadal last played the Wimbledon warm-up event in 2015 and lost in the opening round. He pulled out of the event in the last two years due to injuries.