Nadal eyes record 10th French Open title

Below is all you need to know to watch Sunday's championship match. Still, a French Open win down the road wasn't out of the question.

Nadal won again at Roland Garros in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Nadal blames his comparatively modest results over the last three years on the wrist problems which he hopes are now behind him.

Stan Wawrinka has beaten Rafael Nadal just three times in 18 meetings between the two. Wawrinka had won his three previous Grand Slam finals but stood no chance on Sunday as Nadal created history with the win.

Where will the French Open 2017 men's singles final between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka be played?Nadal and Stan Wawrinka be played?

Will Nadal capture his 10th French Open or will Wawrinka be able to do what five others before him have failed to do on nine separate occasions, that is, beat Nadal in the French Open final?

Nadal's desolation then was in stark contrast to the joy he showed here at the moment of victory, lying flat on his back in customary fashion to celebrate a remarkable achievement. Murray will still be No 1, Nadal and Wawrinka will rise to the No 2 or No 3 positions according to the result of the final, Novak Djokovic will drop to No 4 and Federer will be No 5.

Rafael Nadal will look to complete a triumphant clay court season and take out a tenth French Open crown when he takes on fellow former champion, the cagey Stan Wawrinka.

But no pressure is like the pressure that Nadal puts on his opponents at Roland Garros. On this day, he was terrific. It was the Swiss player's 17th unforced error. The greats are always contenders no matter the state of their game, especially on their best surfaces. After a fourth-round loss on bad knees in 2009, he grabbed five consecutive French Opens 2010-14.

One area of significant improvement for Nadal is his serve. So when confronted with the first break point for either man, 10 minutes in, he solved the predicament this way: service victor at 107 miles per hour (173 kph), ace at 117 miles per hour (189 kph), service victor at 120 miles per hour (194 kph).

The number of games lost is, nevertheless, a reflection of how well Nadal has been playing. They let out a burst of claps and roars in the second set on one particularly exquisite display: Wawrinka smacked a cross-court backhand to a corner, and Nadal sprinted to his left to get to the ball, wide of the doubles alley, and whip a forehand that curved around the net post and landed near a line for a victor.

Even Wawrinka applauded that one.

Wawrinka added his congratulations, saying: "Nothing to say about today, you were too good".

  • Julie Sanders