Rafael Nadal wins French Open title for 10th time

Rafael Nadal wins French Open title for 10th time”

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka deliberately breaks his racket in the men's final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 11, 2017. In just three sets, Nadal played his way into history, becoming the only person to win 10 titles at the same venue in the Open era. Nadal cruised in straight sets, winning 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.

Nadal has played in 22 Grand Slam finals, standing 15-7. "It's always been an honour to play against you, two Grand Slam finals now - congratulations to you for your career". It was his 18th crown.

The Spaniard notched his memorable success on a second match point when three-time Grand Slam victor Wawrinka sent a backhand into the net. "Just for me, it's the most important event in my career, without a doubt".

Roland Garros has been Nadal's second home - Majorca north - ever since he burst onto the scene in 2005, a capri-wearing, sleeveless Adonis with his powerful topspin, two-handed backhand and defensive play unlike tennis had ever seen.

The match between the two men, the oldest French Open finalists since 1964, drew great interest, as Wawrinka also carried a streak of finals success into the match.

"The nerves, the adrenaline I feel on the court are impossible to compare to another feeling". After holding his serve in the first game, Nadal broke Wawrinka's serve to love in the next.

For me, to pass Federer as the greatest of all time, Nadal would have to pass Federer in major titles and he would need to do so by winning titles, not at the French Open. As expected, Rafael Nadal has once again emerged victorious in France.

Wawrinka won their previous grand slam final meeting at the 2014 Australian Open, but Nadal, after a three-year wait for his 10th taste of glory at Roland Garros, was not to be stopped this time. Another hold and then another break gave Nadal the first set.

Wawrinka almost scored an early break on Nadal's second service game. For sure this score wasn't good, the match wasn't good, but at the end of the day there's a lot of positives to take from the last few weeks. In my mind, he has been the second best player of all time for a while, but to some people, this title will be what puts him there.

"Playing on this court and feeling the support of you guys who I love more than anyone else is incredible so thank you".

Five-set match, it's going to be a really tough challenge when you play against him", the Swiss player admitted in press conference. "I think from the beginning from my side, for sure, I didn't play my best tennis.

At that time, and with his ranking sliding, his grand slam-winning days seemed to be numbered.

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