Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Nadal beats Wawrinka for 10th French Open title

Nadal beats Wawrinka for 10th French Open title

His clay court prowess as unassailable as ever, Rafael Nadal has won his record 10th French Open title by dominating 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 in the final on Sunday [Monday NZ Time].

Since his debut in 2005, he has lost only two matches on the Parisian red clay and he bagged his 79th victory on Sunday by dismantling Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 in a one-sided final.

The Spaniard dropped just 35 games on his way to his 10th French Open title to become the first player in the Open Era to enter double figures in terms of wins at a single major.

As a result of his latest title, Nadal moves above the United States' Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners.

"In three weeks I won Geneva and made final of a Grand Slam, so that's big for me", said Wawrinka, who will rise a spot to third in the rankings. I just won the most important event of the year for me, so that's the only thing that matters today.

Rafael Nadal the victor then, with a tenth French Open crown in just 13 years as the tennis world now turns its collective attention to the grass-court season and Wimbledon.

Wawrinka was in the match for all five games, as the pair exchanged holds before Nadal's unmatched power saw him earn his first break of the contest for 4-2 in the opener. "Thank you and see you next time".

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That started when Nadal broke the Swiss in the sixth game, and after wrapping up the set he opened up a 3-0 lead in the second that would prove decisive. "You were too good", Wawrinka remarked.

He continued his in-form performance on his favorite surface, where he recorded the most wins in 2017, at Roland Garros without losing a set en route to the final. Trust me, I'm very happy that I'm the one who did it.

“For me to be here for many years is hard to describe. That's not to say it wasn't impressive, it's just in my mind if he ties Federer in major titles with 18, and he does it with 13 French titles and 5 titles everywhere else, I would argue hard for Federer as the greatest.

But by the end of the second set, he was breaking his old racket on the unforgiving clay, then taking a new one out of his bag and using it to smash himself over the head all over again. "The nerves, the adrenaline, I feel on the court are impossible to compare to another feeling".

In 2003, at the age of 16, Nadal became the youngest man to reach the third round of Wimbledon since Boris Becker in 1984.

The last grand slam clash between the pair came at Melbourne Park in 2014 when Wawrinka beat a hobbling Nadal to claim his first Grand Slam title.

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