In doing so, the Spaniard closed the gap on Roger Federer's tally of 18, with the Swiss having extended his record when beating Nadal in an epic five-set victory at the Australian Open.
Nadal returned to his very best on the red dirt - winning in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid before his win in Paris - but now the 31-year-old turns his attention to grass.
As a two-time Wimbledon champion, Nadal has previous in London, though the last of those victories came in 2010 - following glory in 2008.
In recent years, Nadal has been prone to an early exit at the All England Club. He was absent for 2016, while he failed to reach the quarter-finals in any of his previous four attempts.