Nadal wins record-breaking 10th French Open

Laura Christensen
June 13, 2017

- The 21-year-old Nadal became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win three successive titles at Roland Garros. Two more Grand Slams remain this year; so we could be seeing a lot more of these longtime rivals in the spotlight.

Murray remains on top with a lead of 2,605 points but while the Scot has 2,500 points to defend during the grass-court season following his triumphs at Queen's and Wimbledon last summer, Nadal has nothing to defend because he was injured at the time. Nadal fell to Federer in two of the three title matches, but on the red dirt in Europe, the Spaniard has been almost ideal.

"INCREDIBLE! So impressive that it nearly doesn't seem real". If I have pain on the knees, then I know from experience that it's nearly impossible. "I just won the most important event of the year for me, so that's the only thing that matters today, no?" he said.

Nadal was joined on the presentation by his uncle Toni, his coach since boyhood, who is stepping down at the end of the year. So here, it is the most important event on clay in the world and the history of our sport. "Probably I was playing good, too, no?" The Spaniard has completed La Décima in two other tournaments, winning his 10th title in both Monte Carlo and Barcelona in the run-up to this year's French Open.

"You are a great example and it's always been an honour to play against you".

The first man in history to win 10 majors - La Decima in Spanish - at the same grand slam, Nadal is refusing to set a limit on what he might eventually achieve.

"From the beginning from my side, I didn't play my best tennis", Wawinka said.

"If you play Rafa, if you're not completely free with what you think and what you're going to do, and not completely relaxed the way you're going to play, you have no chance".

Once Hollywood A-lister Nicole Kidman had helped unbox the Coupe des Mousquetaires to a crowd already wilting in 30-degree heat, the final was underway. Mats Wilander, a three-time Paris victor, acknowledges winning titles at Roland Garros is a most challenging task, physically and mentally, and to win 10 times is one of sport's greatest achievements. Wawrinka remained steady at No. 3, despite losing in the final.

Wawrinka had the first break point in the third game but he couldn't take advantage and it proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.

From there, it was all downhill.

The Swiss was unable to impose himself when pinned back behind the baseline and an early break at the start of the second put Nadal in full control.

After losing just his second match here against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals in 2015, Nadal was forced to pull out ahead of the third round a year ago with a left wrist injury.

Meanwhile, French Open 2016 champion Novak Djokovic slid from No. 2 to No. 4 after getting knocked out in quarterfinals.

Nadal admits that if he suffers a new problem with his knees on the Wimbledon grass, where the lower bounce of the ball piles more pressure on the legs and joints, then his visit to London may again be short-lived.

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