Nadal feared he would never return to pinnacle of men's tennis

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Paris, June 7(ANI): Claycourt maestro Rafael Nadal has admitted fearing that he might never return to the pinnacle of men's tennis before regaining his fifth French Open title and the World No. 1 tag.

Nadal produced another Roland Garros masterclass to beat Robin Soderling 6-4 6-2 6-4 to win the crown on Sunday, and avenge last year's defeat to the Swede.

The Spaniard's fourth-round exit in 2009 was followed by a testing seven months, which saw injury scupper his hopes at Wimbledon, where he did not even play, the US Open and the Australian Open.

"I think everybody has doubts, has his doubts with himself - I am not an exception. When I worked a lot at home during December, my feeling was I was in perfect condition to try to win in Australia. When I had to retire from there, it was a very difficult moment," The Independent quoted Nadal, as saying.

"Going out off court in any tournament is very hard, especially in a grand slam. The harder thing is that you're going to be another three weeks without practice at home recovering," he added.

The 24-year-old further said that he wept, after wining the trophy, out of sheer relief for winning the most important match of his career.

"I was there crying, but it was really emotional moment for me. I didn't think about a lot of things but the moment, and afterwards all the nerves, the pressure on me and a difficult year," Nadal said.

"After you win this big title, you lose your tension," he added. (ANI)

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