The numbers behind Nadal's La Decima
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 10:17
Rafael Nadal has defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets to claim "La Decima", his 10th French Open title. He also lost just 35 games in total and only six in the final, his most comprehensive victory since allowing Roger Federer four games in the 2008 final. Nadal swept aside Wawrinka in three sets to win 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in two hours and five minutes.
Wawrinka said the positives of the fortnight outweighed the negatives of losing a grand slam final, having shrugged off a poor clay-court season to make the final for the second time in three years.
Key Stat: Two days after turning 19, Nadal became the youngest man to win a major title since Michael Chang was 17 at the 1989 French Open. As the 2017 edition at Roland Garros began, Nadal's drought without a Grand Slam title was stretching to three full years.
Nadal became the first player to beat Federer in a Grand Slam final; the Swiss star had been 7-0.
King Of Clay is no longer a suitable title for Rafael Nadal when it comes to the French Open. It was his 18th crown.
But Nadal has struggled at the All England Club in recent years, winning only five matches since 2011, with his physical difficulties taking their toll.
"I play my best at all events, but the feeling here is impossible to describe. The doubts, I think, are good, because the doubts give you the possibility to work with more intensity, with more humility, and accepting that you need to keep working hard to improve things", he told a post-match news conference. "I enjoy playing tennis every week".
Indeed. Good as ever. It has been very special to me, and it's true that it is unprecedented.
Nadal, whose career record at Roland Garros reads 79 wins and just two losses, was joined on the presentation by his uncle Toni, his coach since boyhood. "The adrenaline and nerves I feel on this court I can't describe".
Afterward, Nadal said about Djokovic: "He deserves to win this tournament".
1 in the semifinal, what's your assessment of your game, particularly over the last two weeks and how that stands you in good stead going into the grass court season? 'For sure it's awesome tournament.
He claimed a second break moments later to take the first set, and there already seemed no way back for the Swiss, who was in search of a second French Open title and fourth Grand Slam. That year, Rosewall (who was 37) won the Australian Open and Andres Gimeno (at 34) won the French Open.
"This win is incredible", Nadal said.
Wawrinka could not convert his threatening single-handed backhand attack into an upper hand, and Nadal, in quest for a record-breaking 10th success at Roland Garros, pleased crowds a lot throughout the match with his consecutive high-quality forehand shots.