Rafael Nadal wins 10th French Open title

Posted June 13, 2017

Claycourt king Rafa Nadal regained his Roland Garros throne after two years in exile with a brutal 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 mauling of Swiss Stan Wawrinka to complete "La Decima".

"Twelve months ago, Nadal withdrew from the French Open with a left wrist injury on the eve of the third round".

"It's really unbelievable, to win the 10th is incredible, and it's very special".

"This is the most important event in my career". For me the nerves, the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court is impossible to compare to another feeling.

"Rafa, I have nothing to say about today - you were too good", Wawrinka said during their trophy presentation. But not only here: since the beginning of the year, you can see he's playing more aggressively, staying closer to the line.

This time it has been hard for me, but my relationship with this tournament is special. The Swiss Wawrinka won the Australian Open in 2014 against Nadal himself, and followed up in 2015 with a French Open win against Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic.

"I am not the right one to say, but to play 10 finals here is something hard". It always looked like it was going to be a Nadal match.

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"I was trying to find solution", Wawrinka said.

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

"I don't care about the games I lost or not, or sets, these kind of things - the only thing I care is I have been playing very well during the whole event, and I was able to win all the matches", Nadal said. Thank you to the organisers, the other players, to all the people that make this tournament possible.

The Spaniard came into the showdown on Philippe-Chatrier by far the fresher man, dropping just 29 games en route to the final, and it showed as he downed the third seed 6-2 6-3 6-1. Time and again, when Wawrinka did hit out, he missed, and when he didn't, Nadal was there to rip a victor after winner.

A backhand which sailed long gave Nadal the first set with the Spaniard having crunched 10 winners to Wawrinka's four while committing half the unforced errors.

With Jelena Ostapenko winning the women's singles title, Sunday's match between Nadal and Wawrinka wraps up the French Open and the clay court season.

Nadal lost just 35 games across the fortnight as he swept to the title in familiar style, and concede just one solitary break point to Wawrinka in the final, which he duly defended.