Nothing goes right for Wawrinka in French Open loss to Nadal
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 11:40
Nadal won his 10th French Open title in Paris on Sunday beating Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-2 6-3 6-1 in the final. He is 9-0 in past finals at the clay-court major and has not lost a set in this year's tournament, playing as well at age 31 as he ever has.
His world ranking slipped as low as 10 in 2015 and his 2016 French Open was ended prematurely after the second round by a wrist injury. The Spaniard said he's "excited" about Wimbledon and "likes playing on grass", but he worries about the stability of his knee and his fitness after French Open play.
"There have been magical things that happened in this tournament for me".
"I am very emotional".
Nadal opened serving in the first set.
Nadal had not reached the final ever since he last won the title in 2014 in Paris. He managed to return for the Summer Olympics in Rio and the US Open, but the wrist was still a problem, and everyone was literally anxious for him.
"My flexibility routine is very important", Nadal previously told Men's Fitness.
His coach and uncle Toni Nadal was given a replica trophy amid conjecture he was ready to bow out completely, leaving Carlos Moya to call the shots.
"I have doubts every day but that's good as it makes me work hard with more intensity", he said. "Probably Stan was some nervous at the beginning, too. Just for me, it's the most important event in my career, without a doubt". But sometimes these moments change everything, no? Andy Murray and Nadal will be the top two seeds. "Winning one point is hard". A second break of the Warwinka serve gave Nadal the first set 6-2.
- Nadal became the first man to beat Federer in a Slam final, ending the Swiss star's hopes of holding all four majors at the same time. Two weeks or three weeks ago I was really down, not winning matches in Masters 1000, not playing my best tennis, a lot in doubt in my game when I was playing. I was always, like, a little bit between for few reasons. He puts this doubt in your head when you play against him because he's playing so well.
"It's a while since I didn't play a very good Wimbledon".
Against world number three Wawrinka, his record is now 16 wins and three losses.
Over his career, Nadal has proven himself as one of the fittest-and strongest-tennis players on tour. That's for sure. But not only here.
It was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal; just the fourth for Wawrinka, the oldest man in the championship match in 44 years. "That's why he's winning so much again".
"He lost 35 games in the entire tournament".
- Title number nine in his ninth final for Nadal and his 14th and most recent Grand Slam success on an afternoon where temperatures nudged 30 degrees. And he moves up to No. 2 in the rankings, with a real chance at No. 1 before the US Open.