Flawless 10: Rafael Nadal routs Stan Wawrinka for record 10th French Open
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 9:39
epa06022843 Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with his trophy after winning the men?s singles final match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 11 June 2017.
"It is really incredible". "But when I enter the court, I enjoy it and I appreciate [being] in the final of a Grand Slam here [at the] French Open". Nadal broke back immediately to make it 4-1 and went on to claim the second set 6-3.
Wawrinka, the French Open champion in 2015 when Nadal lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, said the Spaniard had lived up to his expectations on Sunday.
"Thanks to my uncle, he's been with me since I was three years old, we've been working a lot and without him I would not have these 10 trophies with me", Nadal said at courtside after being handed the Musketeers Cup by two-time Roland Garros champion Roy Emerson. "Trust me, I'm very happy that I'm the one who did it", Nadal said. "I think I'm still - I still can not believe it, because it was my dream and now it came true", she told reporters after defeating Simona Halep, who was seeded third in the tournament. He was the first man since Mats Wilander in 1982 to win the French Open on his debut. Borg also occupies third place on that list, having lost just six more games on his way to winning the title two years later. Nadal played him like a puppet, moving him around at will to set up winners or shots that Wawrinka had to lunge for and hit 10 feet long.
Nadal was never threatened by his opponent, with Wawrinka possibly feeling the effects of the four and a half hours he needed to beat Andy Murray in the semifinals 48 hours earlier.
Wawrinka almost scored an early break on Nadal's second service game.
"Rafa, I have nothing to say - you were too good", said third seed Wawrinka. But it a special feeling that I have in Paris, it's impossible to describe.
Nadal now holds a 16-3 edge over the 32-year-old Wawrinka in head-to-head meetings-including 6-1 on clay-and made it 10-for-10 in French Open finals.
Nothing could extinguish Nadal's fire though and he surged two breaks ahead in the third set despite the best efforts of Wawrinka to try and extend the contest.
Wawrinka won the title in Geneva on the eve of Roland Garros, an important win for his confidence after a poor clay-court season.
In the final set, another break gave Nadal a 4-1 lead and he would confirm his date with destiny as Wawrinka netted a backhand on his second match point.
Wawrinka, however, took positives from the tournament as he had been on the comeback trail after a first-round loss in Madrid and a second-round defeat in Monte Carlo.
"But that's clearly his best he ever play".