So it's quite surprising that he hasn't pushed on since winning the French Open past year.
A Grand Slam title after a gap of three years; he was completely ruled out by pundits and criticised by everyone. I think it's going to be a really epic finish to the end of the season.
As I said before, the French Open is the most important tournament of the year. "Probably I was playing good, too, no?"
"I was trying to find solution, play better, play the game I wanted to play and do something different", explained Wawrinka.
Since first qualifying in 2005, Nadal has earned a place in the elite eight-man field for 13 straight seasons.
Injury problems were followed by a loss of confidence in 2015 and, just when he had got his game working well again at Roland Garros a year ago, his body let him down once more.
The 20-year-old Latvian, the lowest-ranked Roland Garros champion in tournament history, bludgeoned her way to the title in a manner much befitting her idol.
At least his game is back in high gear after a lull: Nadal's victory at the French Open was his first at a major tournament since 2014. Here's hoping we get to see them play out a few more five set epics before they decide to call it a day. Federer would emerge victorious from their most recent final meeting, however, claiming this year's Australian Open at the Spaniard's expense.
"I need to have strong and powerful legs to play well at Wimbledon".
I had played against him in 2004 Indian Wells and so I knew what to expect. The seven-times Wimbledon champion, who skipped the whole clay-court season in order to focus on grass and the subsequent North American hard-court stretch, is competing this week in Stuttgart and had his first practice session there on Sunday. "I have been through some tough moments, injuries, so it's great to have big success like this again", said Nadal.
For the third time in his career, Nadal won every set at a grand slam.
In a bid to address that, the 32-year-old has added Roger Federer's former coach Paul Annacone to his team for the grass-court season.
Nadal, however, is just hoping his knees hold out at Wimbledon next month.
No other man or woman has won 10 titles at the same major in the Open era.