Rafael Nadal Bags His 10th French Open Title
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 15:03
The 31-year-old Spaniard, who won his 15th grand slam title, broke Wawrinka's serve six times and recorded 27 winners in a two-hour long final.
Wawrinka is no slouch; he owns three major titles, including one from Roland Garros, and had never lost a Grand Slam final.
Nadal did not drop a set and conceded just 35 games throughout the seven matches, a record only bettered by Bjorn Borg in 1978.
"You were too good", Wawrinka told Nadal during the prize presentation after losing in a Grand Slam final for the first time in four appearances.
It marked a stirring return to the top for Nadal in his favourite event and on his favorite surface: Over his career, he is now 79-2 at the French Open and 102-2 in all best-of-five-set matches on clay. For me, the nerves, the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court is impossible to compare.
"This is the most important event in my career without a doubt so to win here is something that I can not describe".
Roger won the Australian Open this year.
Wawrinka, who spent almost five hours more on court than Nadal to reach the final, looked tentative and heavy-legged although he did have a glimmer in the third game when Nadal was forced to save a break point. He also won his first U.S. Open title, becoming the seventh man to win all four grand slam titles.
Having beaten world number one Andy Murray with a majestic display of power in the semi-final, third seed Wawrinka arrived full of confidence as, at 32, he tried to become the oldest French Open victor since Andres Gimeno in 1972.
"I think today, if you play Rafa, if you're not completely free with what you think and what you're gonna do and not completely relaxed the way you're gonna play, you have no chance". I'm not 100% sure, but I believe that no other man holds ten titles at any tournament, and now Nadal does at three different tournaments.
"It's true that the support of Carlos has been so important for me. It's impossible to compare it to another place", he said.
Wawrinka almost scored an early break on Nadal's second service game.
It threatened to get embarrassing for the Swiss when Nadal, his forehands now as venomous as a viper, raced into a 3-0 lead in the second set. That's why he's winning so much again.' Wawrinka finally commented about hiring Paul Annacone for the grass-court season: 'I want to progress, to make strides.
Before his title triumph on Sunday, his most recent Grand Slam title came in Paris in 2014 and he admitted that there were doubts over whether or not he'd recover his former powers.