Rafael Nadal wins men's French Open final
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 18:26
Nadal, 31, triumphed 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.
Posting his 15th major victory, and moving into outright second place behind Roger Federer (18) for the most major titles, the Spanish bull completed a phenomenal tournament with a devastating final display.
Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka carries the racket he just broke as he plays Spain's Rafael Nadal during their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Paris. This is the fewest games conceded by a Grand Slam champion since Bjorn Borg dropped just 32 games at the 1978 French Open.
Nadal was every inch the king of the castle, dismissing three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka in devastating fashion to take his spot back on the throne. I'm very emotional. I try my best in all the events but the feeling I have here is impossible to describe.
"The feeling I have here is impossible to describe. This is the most important event of my career". And I miss playing well at Wimbledon. Played on clay, a challenging and occasionally tricky surface for even the pros, the tournament has a habit of serving up some surprising winners.
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.
Nadal has never lost a final at Roland Garros.
That may sound like a lot, but considering the new world No. 2 didn't play a single grass-court event past year and the Brit won both Queen's and Wimbledon, it's actually very tight.
In seven matches leading up to the 2017 title, Nadal had dropped only 35 games, revealing his dominance on the red clay of Roland Garros, following a lengthy bout out due to injury past year.
"It was hard", said Nadal's uncle and coach, Toni.
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova claimed their third consecutive grand slam doubles title with a convincing 6-2 6-1 victory over Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.
"He's the best player ever on clay".
102 - Nadal is 102-2 in best-of-five-set matches on clay with his only losses coming to Robert Soderling in 2009 and Djokovic in 2015.
"When you play against Rafa, if you hesitate, it's no good. Nothing to say about today", he said at courtside."You're a big example, what you do tennis, in sport is unbelievable", he told the Spaniard.
"But that's clearly his best he ever play".