Nadal shrugs off ideal 10 as history beckons

"I'm pretty sure I've lost my vehicle keys 35 times this year".

Key Stat: This was the one that broke Borg's record of six French Open titles. "So that's the thing that I am more proud", said Nadal.

Winners are normally given a small trophy to keep.

The elegant Black suede upper features bold Orange accents inspired by the Parisian clay on which Rafa has dominated throughout his career, while the X on the heel and insert nods to his record and unmatched performance.

In a match that exceeded the already sky-high expectations, Wawrinka eventually prevailed 6-7, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-1 against Andy Murray.

His uncle, Toni Nadal, was crying when interviewed on French television and struggled to answer questions due to emotion, wiping his eyes with his hands before composing himself.

Former French Open victor Carlos Moya - now Nadal's co-coach, added previous year for a fresh voice - will be taking on more of the load.

The Swiss player's frustration could be captured no better than at the end of the second set where he smashed his racket on his knee after a 40-minute contest ended with Wawrinka unable to send Nadal's body serve back.

Sunday's final in Paris represented Nadal's 79th victory out of 81 matches at the French Open.

Nadal clinched the summit clash with an emphatic 6-2,6-3,6-1 win over the third seed Wawrinka. He admitted that he wasn't always happy with having to hit as many balls as it took to get a win over Nadal. "He won his 10th French Open today, so that's something huge, also".

The same is true of Nadal, who has yet to drop a set at this year's Open.

Third seed Wawrinka's epic battle against Murray had delayed Nadal's appearance until almost 6pm local time and there was a sense of "after the Lord Mayor's show" as the day's second semi-final began. Ostapenko also made 54 unforced errors, to Halep's 10.

However, he went one better this time and looked back to his scintillating best. A duff dropshot into the net gifted Wawrinka a 4-2 lead, and the Swiss unleashed more ferocious groundstrokes to level the score at two sets all.

The 31-year-old Spaniard has coasted into a 10th French Open final, where he faces 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka on Sunday, without dropping a set. Few players steamroll Wawrinka, who has won every way possible in Paris this year.

Kuerten was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. A year before that, she lost in the first round of qualifying at Roland Garros.

Should Nadal win, he would extend a record he already holds, becoming the first man in history to win 10 grand slam singles titles at the same tournament. He also won the U.S. Open.

Rafa Nadal moved to within one victory of "La Decima" at the French Open as he demolished rising Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 6-0 with a daunting show of force in Friday's semi-final.

The match begins 9 a.m. ET Sunday. Nadal is looking for his 10 title in Paris, Wawrinka for his second.

"Obviously he didn't start in the first two rounds playing great but then lifted his game for the Del Potro match and then I think he played very well, getting to the semi-finals, losing to Stan, who played a fantastic match".

  • Julie Sanders