Deflated Stan Wawrinka says he was too hesitant in final
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 1:52
However, the indisputable King of Clay saved it with a fine backhand and rattled down an ace to keep the first set on serve.
"Thanks to my uncle, he's been with me since I was three years old, we've been working a lot and without him I would not have these 10 trophies with me", he said. 21 in total now for the 2015 champion compared to just nine from the Spaniard's racket. Wawrinka has played some of his best tennis to reach this final, with his commitment to letting his own offense dictate matches a key feature of his progress.
1517: This match is suddenly running away from Wawrinka very quickly, with Nadal holding to 15 with a blistering inside-out forehand victor. I come back and see people I have a good relationship with and it's very special. He opens up three breaks points with more relentless hitting and breaks and Wawrinka crunches a forehand into the net.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA, left, and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic celebrate winning women's doubles final match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in two sets 6-2, 6-1, at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 11, 2017.
1507: Wawrinka clearly needs to align his winners tally closer to his unforced errors if he is to win the second set.
In the first set on Philippe Chatrier court, the Swiss controlled most of the rallies as Nadal opted to sit back and not force matters.
When the ball was in play, Nadal barely missed at all. Even though Wawrinka has been outstanding in Paris, Nadal's form has been more overwhelming. After holding his serve in the first game, Nadal broke Wawrinka's serve to love in the next.
He fought off four break points in the next game but was broken two games later and the set soon followed. Meanwhile, Wawrinka had got the better world number one Andy Murray in their semifinal encounter. Nadal then fires two forehands long allowing Wawrinka to finally hold.
Nadal saved all eight break points he faced. Nadal was on top of his game and dominated the match right from the word go.
Nadal had won all 69 matches at the French Open when he had taken the first set, and this ominous statistic unfolded further as he increased the pressure on Wawrinka whose frustration was visibly growing.
With the win, Nadal extended his head-to-head lead over Wawrinka to a stellar 16-3, and improves to a ideal 10-0 in French finals. His straightforward win against Dominic Thiem in Fridays semi-final was especially surprising, the Austrian unable to offer any resistance after pushing the Spaniard so hard in their previous two meetings this season.