Brilliant Rafael Nadal makes it 10 French Open crowns

Rafael Nadal falls to the court after winning his 10th French Open title.

PARIS, June 11 A year after probably the lowest point of his career, Rafa Nadal sat in the same news conference seat on Sunday and described his 10th French Open title as one of his most special.

Nadal was at his most masterful on the stage he has made his own and needed just two hours and five minutes to beat Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1. Nadal was on a mission as he chased his 10th French Open crown.

- Nadal won the first set 6-2 after breaking Wawrinka's serve for the second time.

Nadal acknowledged afterward that he dealt with a real case of jitters while he waited for the final to resume Monday after it was suspended in the fourth set because of rain Sunday night.

Key Stat: This result made Nadal 5-0 against Federer at the French Open, 6-2 against him in Grand Slam finals. I just won the most important event of the year for me, so that's the only thing that matters today.

But Nadal's 10th title at Roland Garros is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the incredible nature of his success. "Today I lost the final but three weeks ago I was feeling down, I had doubts about my game", said Wawrinka.

"For me the nerves and the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court is impossible to compare to another court".

Nadal failed to convert any of the four break points he had in the following game, but drew first blood the next time an opportunity arose to take a 4-2 lead. The Swiss great stands at 18 after defeating Nadal in a five-set classic at the Australian Open earlier this year.

First game of the third set and Nadal broke again as the man who stunned him in the 2014 Australian Open final suffered further damage. "But it's very hard for him, too.'" - Toni Nadal, Rafael's uncle and coach, talking about a rain delay late in the second set.

At 31 years and 8 days, Nadal, only surrendering 35 games in seven matches at Roland Garros this year, also became the oldest player in history to win 15 Grand Slam titles.

It is the most singles titles one person has won at a Grand Slam.

Leading by a set and a break, Nadal faced four break points in one game.

And should he remain fit and healthy, expect to see him crowned as the world's best player once again. Nadal continued to hold serve easily and then, getting his groundstrokes right and playing with plenty of depth, broke on Wawrinka's very next service game to take the lead 4-2. That's clearly his best he ever played.

Federer (8, Halle, Germany) and Argentine clay-court legend Guillermo Vilas (8, Buenos Aires) are the players with the next highest number of titles at a tournament below Grand Slam level.

  • Carolyn Briggs