Rafael Nadal wins record 10th title

Rafael Nadal wins record 10th title

Or hit your head with it.

"Thanks to my uncle, he's been with me since I was three years old, we've been working a lot and without him I would not have these 10 trophies with me", Nadal said at courtside after being handed the Musketeers Cup by two-time Roland Garros champion Roy Emerson. "Trust me, I'm very happy that I'm the one who did it", Nadal said. I was a little bit hesitating with my selection of shots. "I was nervous this morning about the match, about the final, about playing against him. It's the most important tournament in my career and to win again is something I can't describe". "Probably I was playing good, too", he joked. The Spanish tennis legend was 19 when he won for the first time and turned 31 eight days ago, and overcame his 32-year old Swiss rival in 2hr 5min to win 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.

The last two times Rafael Nadal won the French Open without dropping a set, he went on to lift the Wimbledon trophy.

He charged around Court Philippe Chatrier like a man on a mission in a one-sided showdown with a helpless Wawrinka, who looked bewildered as the tournament favourite ended a three-year wait for his 15th major title. They did let out a burst of claps and roars in the second set on one particularly exquisite display: Nadal sprinted to his left to chase Wawrinka's cross-court backhand wide of the doubles alley and whipped a forehand that curved around the net post and landed near a line for a victor.

Nothing could extinguish Nadal's fire though and he surged two breaks ahead in the third set despite the best efforts of Wawrinka to try and extend the contest. I was trying to play the game I wanted to play. He couldn't bring himself to watch much of the rest of the 2016 French Open, he said, other than some doubles matches involving a good pal, and the singles final. "I won all the matches with unbelievable results".

"It's hard to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, it's like no other place".

Despite being up against the undisputed king of clay, Wawrinka came into the final full of confidence after beating top-ranked Andy Murray in the previous round. The Swiss player has been exceptional in Paris, showcasing the type of all-round game needed to win on grass.

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"There is nothing to say about today, you were too good", Wawrinka said. "It is true that this one is going to be one of the more special for the number, for what happened on the ceremony after the final, for so many things", he said.

"I think today, if you play Rafa, if you're not completely free with what you think and what you're gonna do and not completely relaxed the way you're gonna play, you have no chance". Nadal was on a mission as he chased his 10th French Open crown.

It marked a stirring return to the top for Nadal at the site he loves the most: He is 79-2 at the French Open, 102-2 in all best-of-five-set matches on clay.

Never before had Nadal faced a player who had won the French Open before.

This title, an unprecedented 10th at a single grand slam in the professional era, was arguably the most impressive of his 15.

In seven matches leading up to the 2017 title, Nadal had dropped only 35 games, revealing his dominance on the red clay of Roland Garros, following a lengthy bout out due to injury past year.

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