Rafael Nadal dominates to win historic 10th French Open title
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 23:38
But he's had a remarkably calm run through the French Open field and should be as fresh as ever in the final on Sunday.
The Spaniard dominated the summit clash completely and didn't allow the third seeded player to stage a comeback into the match. All three titles came with a four-set victory. He is now 3-1 in Grand Slam finals.
Another one can now be added to the list - and it is one for the ages - after the Spaniard crushed Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 to become the first man to win the same grand slam on 10 occasions.
His collection of Slams now stands just three behind great rival Roger Federer, a staggering statistic coming just a year after he quit Roland Garros with a wrist injury. If Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka in the final at Roland Garros on Sunday, so much of the story would be about the statistics.
Wawrinka smashed his racket after giving up two set points and the fourth-seeded Nadal sealed it on his first, when the Swiss player returned long.
The Spaniard has not yet dropped a set this tournament and has only dropped 29 games leading up to the final.
Rafael Nadal is clearly emotional as he waits to lift his record 10th French Open trophy.
- Born to Sebastian Nadal and Ana Maria Parera.
When the ball was in play, Nadal barely missed at all.
- Plays left-handed but writes right-handed.
He said: "Last year he played so many more matches and won so many more matches".
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.
2004 - Defeated then world number two Andy Roddick to help Spain clinch the Davis Cup title. Thiem was riding the hot hand and was a popular pick to win the French Open, especially after he thrashed Djokovic in the quarterfinals in straight sets. He won the doubles gold with Marc Lopez at 2016 Rio Games. Another contender for that accolade: Wawrinka's flat one-handed backhand, which is so smooth and so unsafe.
No. 3 Wawrinka won the 2015 French Open for one of his three major championships.
2011 - Matched Borg's record of six French Open titles. Also the fact that Wawrinka has never lost when he has played in a Grand Slam final might give him the extra motivation he needs to win or at least not let Nadal have an easy victory like he has been having so far.
2014 - Became the first man to win five successive French Open titles. The Swiss great stands at 18 after defeating Nadal in a five-set classic at the Australian Open earlier this year.
"Guga" also won at Roland Garros in 2000 and 2001, was ranked No. 1, and retired in 2008 with 20 singles titles.