Nadal captures record 10th French Open

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King of clay Rafael Nadal hailed his enduring love affair with the French Open after becoming the first player in the Open Era to win the same grand slam for a 10th time.

"He puts this doubt in your head when you play against him", said Wawrinka, who had been 3-0 in Grand Slam finals, including a victory over Nadal at the 2014 Australian Open.

Nadal was soon a double break to the good for 4-1, held for 5-1 and then claimed a huge slice of history when Wawrinka limply dropped a backhand into the net.

15 - Victory sent Nadal clear of Pete Sampras' haul of 14 grand slam triumphs, with the Spaniard also having won the US Open and Wimbledon twice each and the Australian Open once. Nadal. Nadal established himself as a star-in-the-making, beating Roger Federer in four sets in the semifinals in the first Grand Slam meeting of their great rivalry, before getting past Puerta for the title.

He is standing on the second spot behind Swiss icon Roger Federer. It was his 18th crown. It worked: Of the first seven points won by Nadal, six ended with missed forehands by Wawrinka.

As he sat in front of a TV to watch last year's French Open final, sidelined by an injured left wrist, Rafael Nadal had no way to know for sure, of course, that he would return to the height of his powers.

But he was powerless as Nadal turned the final into an exhibition of his clayclourt supremacy - taking his French Open record to an eye-watering 79-2.

"I didn't play my best tennis", said Wawrinka at the conference.

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"For me this event is the most important one of the year and I have more pressure on me, but it is not just about the four grand slams", he said.

And should he remain fit and healthy, expect to see him crowned as the world's best player once again.

Wawrinka, who was the 2015 French Open champion, was the picture of grace in defeat. He broke Wawrinka on his very first serve and again broke him twice to win the final set 6-1 as he completed his long awaited La Decima! Toni won't travel with his nephew next year, as he steps aside to focus on his work at Nadal's new tennis academy in Mallorca. "If I have pain in the knees, then I know from experience that it's nearly impossible", he said.

It's a moniker that is not worthy of his relentless dominance of Roland Garros.

The second game of the second set exemplified the sublime form Nadal was in.

Rafael Nadal falls to the court after winning his 10th French Open title.

Murray will have to defend 2,500 points and with Nadal having skipped the grass past year, Rafa is in prime position to take the lead. Thank you to the organisers, the other players, to all the people that make this tournament possible.

Wawrinka added during the trophy ceremony: "Nothing to say about today".

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