Rafael Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka to win record 10th French Open title

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 12, 2017

Nadal will now move to no.2 in the world tennis rankings, and he is just three grand slam title victories behind all-time men's singles title leader Roger Federer (18).

Spain's Rafael Nadal clenches his fist as he plays Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Paris.

"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", Wawrinka said.

The 31-year-old lost only 35 games in seven matches and won the title without dropping a set for the third time. The feeling I have is impossible to describe. Most importantly, it's Nadal's first Slam win in three years, ending an odyssey of injury, self-doubt and setbacks. But the thing that I am more proud of in my career probably is 2013.

"He's got all the attributes you need to just go on and on".

The last time Wawrinka met Nadal at a Grand Slam final was in Australian Open final in 2014.

Having lost two sets and the fact that his opponent hadn't dropped a single set in the tournament, the writing was on the wall for Wawrinka. He won all 12 service games, saving the lone break point he faced, and made a mere 12 unforced errors.

Wilander said Nadal's resurgence since pulling out of the French Open previous year with a wrist injury - he also reached the Australian Open final and is back at number two in the rankings - is down to former world number one Carlos Moya joining his team.

Nadal, who won his first French Open title at the age of 19 in 2005, had gone three years without a Grand Slam crown. From the opening serve, the win was nearly never in doubt for the 31-year-old Spaniard, who now has a record 10 French Open victories to his name.

Rafael Nadal needed just over two hours to beat Stan Wawrinka.

"Roger and Rafa, they are very good", said Wawrinka. "Thank you everyone, you will always be in my heart", he said as the spectators in the Court Philippe Chatrier broke in to applause.

The 32-year-old couldn't take it and it proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.

Wawrinka's firepower off both forehand and backhand had seen off world number one Andy Murray in the semi-finals, but he could not dominate Nadal in the same way.

The third seed was soon under pressure again and a backhand slice into the net gave Nadal a 4-2 lead that he consolidated by sending Wawrinka deep before rushing forwards for a sweet backhand volley. The Swiss then held narrowly and battled to deuce on Nadal's next serve, only to once again succumb to the Mallorcan's sheer power and unerring accuracy.

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