Nadal Wins 10th French Open, Makes Tennis History

Nadal Wins 10th French Open, Makes Tennis History

Nadal Wins 10th French Open, Makes Tennis History

Nadal becomes the third man to win a Grand Slam title in his teens, his 20s and his 30s, following Ken Rosewall and Sampras, and appears capable of adding more.

Indeed it is a feat that may never be duplicated.

As a tired Wawrinka sliced a volley into the net on match point Nadal collapsed on his back on the baseline.

"The feeling I have here is impossible to describe. It's impossible to compare it to another place", Nadal said.

"Without my uncle I would not have won 10 trophies", said Nadal who will rise to two in the world rankings on Monday.

His coach and uncle, Toni, got choked up, too, when he unexpectedly came on court to present Nadal with a special trophy celebrating those 10 titles. When it comes to tennis, he nearly always is. "The doubts, I think, are good, because the doubts give you the possibility to work with more intensity, with being more humble, and accepting that you need to keep working hard to improve things", he said.

"Been a ideal Roland Garros for me" was Rafael Nadal's statement after he picked up his 10 French Open title on Sunday (11 June).

"And because I am 31 already and not a kid anymore. 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".

He said: "In 2005, I thought in 2017 I'd be fishing on my boat in Mallorca".

Nadal has made seven finals in 2017 winning four titles taking his lead at the top of the ATP singles race to 2,870 points ahead of second-placed Roger Federer.

Before the game, Nadal was under tremendous pressure, failing to win the title since 2014.

He is not dubbed the "King of Clay" for no reason.

The Spaniard also became the only person in the Open Era (which began in 1968) to win a major 10 times, passing Martina Navratilova, who used her serve-and-volley expertise to win nine Wimbledons. However, the all-time record is held by the Australian tennis legend Margaret Court, who won 11 Australian Open titles before the Open Era.

Certainly Nadal's form suggests he has plenty of good tennis left in him but he'll want those injuries to stay away.

"For me it's unbelievable", Toni Nadal told Roland Garros Live.

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 previous year with a left wrist injury.

It was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal; just the fourth for Wawrinka, the oldest man in the championship match in 44 years.

Wawrinka's win percentage on grass during his career is substantially lower than on the other surfaces and Wimbledon is the only grand slam where he is yet to reach the semi-finals.

The 15-time men's singles Grand Slam champion has also moved to number two in the overall rankings and is now just 2,605 points behind world number one Andy Murray.

Stan Wawrinka said: "Rafa, I have nothing to say about today".

He said: "This tournament has been very special to me, and it's true that it is unprecedented". And if you miss a ball, if you hit a ball short, they will attack you. He admitted to nerves.

Despite having spent more than five hours on court getting to the final, 2015 champion Wawrinka had the first break point in the third game.

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.

Nadal has been setting records since he burst on to the Tour as a 15-year-old, but 16 years on he shows no sign of stopping.

"Four games he dropped at most - in any match and any set".

Even Wawrinka applauded that one.

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