Rafael Nadal does not know if he will be capable of winning an 11th French Open title but the Spaniard will do everything he can to challenge again at Roland Garros next year. "If I did it, probably somebody else gonna do it, because I don't consider myself very special", he said. "And for the level of tennis".
"I am playing well. It's a great combination with all the team", said Nadal. All the things that happened in this tournament for me have been magical.
"I was trying to find solution, play better, play the game I wanted to play and do something different", explained Wawrinka.
The evergreen Spaniard produced a stunning performance to win his 10 French Open title, a record in the Open Era. "So many reasons made that score today, but mainly because he was playing better", he added. "I take care to have enough time to regenerate", he said.
Appearing in just her eighth grand slam event, the 20-year-old Latvian crushed tournament favourite Romania's Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, to become the first unseeded woman ever to win the trophy last Saturday.
Grand Slam count aside, the man from Mallorca already has the edge over Federer on a few counts.
No. 1 Andy Murray is the defending champion.
Nadal, who has now closed back to within three of Federer's all-time record with a 15th slam title, said in halting French: "It's truly wonderful". Nadal converted an incredible six of his 13 break point opportunities over the course of the three sets.
"Then I won Geneva and I reached the final of a grand slam".
At 31 years old, Nadal moves back to number 2 in the world.
"I love grass. Everybody knows that".
"In 2005, I thought in 2017 I'd be fishing on my boat in Majorca", he said. "If that happens, why not? Because I need to feel strong, low and powerful legs to play well in Wimbledon".
Turned out he could, and he did, as masterful as at any time.
"I am enjoying every week and I want to continue like this".
Before his title triumph on Sunday, his most recent Grand Slam title came in Paris in 2014 and he admitted that there were doubts over whether or not he'd recover his former powers.
"So for sure I have doubts". "I could not play previous year because of injury so I look forward to returning to London in November". I'm going to have doubts even in a few days, because in tennis every week is a new story and that's part of the lovely thing of our sport.
But, from a seemingly fruitless position, he then engineered one of the sport's most remarkable seasons.