Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Nadal wins 10th French Open title

Nadal wins 10th French Open title

After a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 tour de force against Stan Wawrinka in the final at Roland Garros on Sunday, capping two weeks of almost flawless tennis on red clay - zero sets conceded; only 35 games dropped in seven matches - Nadal was asked whether he would rate himself as highly as ever right now.

"A flawless Roland Garros for me", Nadal said. These two weeks have been a great level of tennis, is true. "But if I am healthy and I am able to have the right preparation and feel healthy during Wimbledon, then probably gonna have my chances to play well". "This is the most important event in my career".

"At 4-1 in the third set I knew I was close".

"I'm just going to keep on playing as long as it makes me happy. And I'm going to try to keep working hard to try to enjoy more lovely weeks".

His coach and uncle, Toni, got choked up, too, when he unexpectedly came on court to present Nadal with a special trophy celebrating those 10 titles.

In the new ATP rankings, Nadal moves up two places to No. 2, his highest spot since October 2014.

"He's playing the best he's ever played".

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.

Paris: Spaniard Rafael Nadal became the first tennis player to win 10 titles in any Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era as he outclassed Stanislas Wawrinka at the French Open final here on Sunday.

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No. 1 Andy Murray is the defending champion.

The top-seeded pair of Mattek-Sands and Safarova, who also won the 2016 US Open and the Australian Open earlier this year, are one Grand Slam away from holding all four majors at the same time.

Only twelve months ago a tearful Nadal bailed from his favorite tournament in Paris in the first week with a wrist injury, another in a seemingly endless list of ailments to derail the 31-year-old.

"Obviously the semi-finals and finals, the nerves are there, you know, more than before", he said. He also reached the final there three other times. The Spaniard had beaten Djokovic in Monte Carlo and Rome and he made it a hat-trick with a 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 victory in Paris.

It was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal; just the fourth for Wawrinka, the oldest man in the championship match in 44 years.

"Last year", Nadal said, "was not an easy one". "If that happens, why not?" If I have pain in the knees, then I know from experience that it's nearly impossible. I played against the biggest clay-court player ever.

Nadal had played down La Decima.

"One, because I play against him and he puts this doubt in your head when you play against him because he's playing so well". I have doubts today, I had doubts in the last three years, I will have doubts in a few days.

Let's see what the next chapter brings.

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