Nadal destroys Wawrinka to claim record-extending tenth French Open title
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 2:56
Sergio Ramos saluted the achievement as "great", Santi Cazorla called his compatriot "the best in history", a view supported by Alvaro Arbeloa, while Barcelona defender Gerard Pique considers Nadal to be a "king on Earth".
2013-Became the first man with eight titles at the same grand slam tournament when he beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the French Open final. "He's got incredible power", Cash said during his commentary per BBC. This time, he was a little more composed.
Among the most dominant: Nadal's 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Stan Wawrinka on Sunday, which barely lasted 2 hours and was not much of a contest at all.
A year later he exacted his revenge over the Swede, but this time in the final for his fifth Roland Garros title.
Or as the Nadals preferred: La Decima, Spanish for "The Tenth".
"It's a feeling that's impossible to describe", Nadal was quoted as saying by French Open website.
"It's hard for me to compare this to any other event. It's the most important event in my career without a doubt".
"On paper, when you look at the scores, it all seems fairly easy", Nadal said.
No other man or woman has won 10 championships at the same major in the Open era, which began in 1968.
With his 15th Grand Slam title, Nadal broke his tie with Pete Sampras for second place on the all-time Grand Slam trophies list. He becomes the third player to ever win a Slam in his teens, 20s and 30s. Wawrinka barely won more than half of his first service points, lost more service points than he won, hit 10 more unforced errors than victor and didn't sniff a break-point opportunity until after that third game of the match. "But not only here".
The third seed was soon under pressure again and a backhand slice into the net gave Nadal a 4-2 lead that he consolidated by sending Wawrinka deep before rushing forwards for a sweet backhand volley. But, overall, he's 79-2 at the event (he wasn't healthy for either of the losses), 102-2 in best-of-five matches on clay courts and, despite the struggles of 2015 and 2016, is a mind-boggling 406-39 on red clay in his career.
Finally back to full strength in the offseason, Nadal returned to work, reconstructing his forehand and redoubling his efforts to be elite.
The Spaniard's uncle and coach, Toni Nadal, presented him with the copy of La Coupe des Mousquetaires. "And here, we had the confirmation".
On Sunday, the conditions were exactly to the liking of a guy who grew up on the island of Mallorca and still enjoys fishing in his down time.
Telling Words: "I can't say I'm better than him".
A time violation warning for Nadal did anything but knock him out of his stride as he swarmed all over the ailing third seed, unleashing an outrageous forehand victor down the line while running to his left at full tilt during a second set that he commanded.
He then picked up his racket and chucked it to the floor, only to pick it back up and break it over his knee to receive a code violation for his troubles.
Nadal was unable to convert four break points in the fourth game. On this day, he was terrific. Wawrinka, on the other hand, registered 17 unforced errors with only four winners and 57 total points. Six times the second week of a major was played without Nadal, who once went six-and-a-half years without missing one. Once passable, it is now potent. Wawrinka would never see another break chance. And if you miss a ball, if you hit a ball short, they will attack you. His groundstrokes were delivered with loud, long grunts, echoing in the otherwise mostly silent Court Philippe Chatrier, filled with 15,000 or so souls too rapt to speak.
But the song remained the same, Nadal taking the set in the ninth game, just moments after Wawrinka, who knocked out world number one Andy Murray in the semis, had destroyed a racquet in utter frustration.
Even Wawrinka applauded that one.