Nadal destroys Wawrinka to claim record-extending 10th French Open title

Lynette Rowe
June 19, 2017

The 29-year-old is just New Zealand's second Grand Slam victor in the modern era. That year, Rosewall (who was 37) won the Australian Open and Andres Gimeno (at 34) won the French Open.

Rafael Nadal becomes the first man or woman in Open Era to win 10 titles at a Grand Slam event.

Nadal was joined in the presentation by his uncle Toni, his coach since boyhood, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

Turned out he could, and he did, as masterful as at any time.

To the shock of no one who follows tennis even a little, Rafael Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets Sunday to win his 10th French Open title. "If I did it, probably somebody else gonna do it, because I don't consider myself very special", he said.

Or as the Nadals preferred: La Decima, Spanish for "The Tenth". "This is the most important event of my career".

"It has been a while since I played a good Wimbledon and after what happened with my knees in 2012 it has been tougher and tougher to compete on grass", he said.

After playing most of his career in his Swiss countryman Federer's considerable shadow, Wawrinka — at 32, the oldest men's finalist in Paris since 1973 — has blossomed lately.

In seven matches leading up to the 2017 title, Nadal had dropped only 35 games, revealing his dominance on the red clay of Roland Garros, following a lengthy bout out due to injury a year ago.

"It's truly incredible", Nadal told the crowd afterward.

But again, when I enter the court, I enjoy it and I appreciate to be in the final of Grand Slam here in French Open. In best-of-five matches on clay, Nadal is 102-2. "For sure he's playing the best he's ever played", Wawrinka said.

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Nadal dominated the contest from start to finish against Wawrinka, who was simply helpless to get into the match, with all the key points going the way of the Spaniard. "But not only here".

Rafael Nadal (ESP) in action during his match against Dominic Thiem (AUT) on day thirteen of the 2017 French Open tennis tournament at Stade Roland Garros.

“For me to be here for many years is hard to describe.

Third seed Wawrinka, having beaten world number one Andy Murray with a majestic display of firepower in a gruelling semi-final, arrived full of hope as, at 32, he tried to become the oldest French Open victor since Andres Gimeno in 1972.

Finally back to full strength in the offseason, Nadal returned to work, reconstructing his forehand and redoubling his efforts to get back to his best.

2011 - Matched Borg's record of six French Open titles. "And here, we had the confirmation".

He became the first player to hold three major titles on three different surfaces at the same time when he won the Australian Open with a five-set success against Federer again.

I couldn't be more excited for the rest of the season.

The victory capped what can be rightly seen as Nadal's most dominant performance at Roland Garros. A quarterfinal loss in 2015 ended that run, then came last year's injury. The sun was shining, there was barely a trace of cloud in the bright blue sky and the temperature was about 30 degrees Celsius. He wound up taking the second set having won 89 percent of his first serves.

The Spaniard did not waste any time in wrapping up the second set as he finished Wawrinka off in 45 minutes.

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