Rafael Nadal: Impossible to describe winning feeling of 10th French Open title

Rafael Nadal: Impossible to describe winning feeling of 10th French Open title”

The Spaniard won the title for the loss of just 35 games throughout the competition. Nadal's victory in the French Open brings him closer to Federer's score in the all-time standings for the Grand Slam title.

Nadal's 10th Roland Garros title is his 53rd on clay, the most won by a player on the surface in the Open Era.

But Nadal has struggled at the All England Club in recent years, winning only five matches since 2011, with his physical difficulties taking their toll.

The third set was simply clinical from Nadal.

The high forehand to a one-hander's backhand, the shot that has been Roger Federer's nemesis, was working just as well against his compatriot.

Sunday was also the first time since 1969 that the Roland Garros final had featured two men over 30.

Nadal was never threatened by his opponent, with Wawrinka possibly feeling the effects of the four and a half hours he needed to beat Andy Murray in the semifinals 48 hours earlier.

Wawrinka at least halted the run at seven games but there was no hint of the match turning at this point, as the women's final had on Saturday. In the ninth game, Wawrinka broke his racquet in frustration after Nadal had two set points at 40-15.

All the third seed could do was applaud.

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In the first set, Nadal won on 82 percent of his first serves and 67 percent of his second serves. But the 2015 champion could not convert it and it proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.

Rafael Nadal believes the doubts he felt during a three-year grand slam drought played an influential role in his historic French Open success.

- "It's really unbelievable; to win the 10th is incredible, it's very special", the Spaniard said after winning the final.

I'm very happy with my team, with Magnus [Norman], with Pierre [Paganini], Yannick [Fattebert].

"I try my best in all events, that's the real thing", Nadal said, according to the New York Times.

“Its hard to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, its like no other place.”. "This is the most important event of my career".

While Nadal lifted the Coupe des Mousquetaires, a huge banner was unveiled in the stands saying, "Bravo Rafa". So many reason made that score today, but mainly because he was playing better.' You said before your last two slam finals that you were struck by a lot of nerves and you maybe felt that it could be your last. I'm going to have doubts even in a few days, because in tennis every week is a new story and that's part of the lovely thing of our sport.

Nadal clutches the trophy. "My uncle who has been with me since three years old".

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