Rafael Nadal Unsure If He's Playing Better Than Ever, But He's Happy!
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 8:31
Top seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won their fifth Grand Slam women's doubles title on Sunday at Roland Garros, putting them halfway to a calendar Slam. He won his 10th French Open today, so that's something huge.
"In three weeks I won Geneva and made final of a Grand Slam, so that's big for me", said Wawrinka, who will rise a spot to third in the rankings. But the thing that I am more proud of in my career probably is 2013.
"From the beginning from my side, I didn't play my best tennis", Wawinka said. I'm very emotional - and in this moment it's even worse. It is not that I am playing more or less aggressive. I come back and see people I have a good relationship with and it's very special.
Nadal won all his nine previous final appearances in French Open, and Wawrinka won his first three Grand Slam finals, the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 Roland Garros and the 2016 US Open. It is hard to compare this tournament to any other. "Five-set match, you know, it's going to be a really tough challenge when you play against him", said the Swiss.
"He's playing the best he's ever played", the third-seeded Wawrinka told a news conference after watching Nadal collect the trophy "He's the best ever on clay; it's always a tough challenge".
The 32-year-old couldn't take it and it proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.
Former top-ranked Andy Roddick has expressed his astonishment at Rafael Nadal's incredible run to his 10th French Open title.
"When you hesitate on how to play a ball, your legs move later and it's too late".
Nadal was unable to convert four break points in the fourth game.
The Spaniard did not waste any time in wrapping up the second set as he finished Wawrinka off in 45 minutes.
Nadal did not drop a set and conceded just 35 games throughout the seven matches, a record only bettered by Bjorn Borg in 1978.