Rafael Nadal wins historic 10th French Open title
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 22:14
The win also propelled him above Pete Sampras to second spot in the all-time Grand Slam titles list with 15, behind great rival Roger Federer, who has 18.
Rafael beat Swiss player Stan Wawrinka in the final to win the title for the record tenth time.
Only Sweden's Bjorn Borg has a better record, as he lost just 32 at the 1978 edition of the French Open. "The nerves and adrenaline I feel on this court is impossible to compare". The feeling I have is impossible to describe.
2009 - Suffered his first French Open defeat when he lost to Robin Soderling in the fourth round.
1520: Just as I say that, Wawrinka comes roaring back with an aggressive string of shots to hold, although not without Nadal landing his own stunning victor. His next hold was most notable for a sensational forehand victor down the line from a seemingly beaten Nadal that drew audible gasps from the crowd.
That's for sure. But I will need few days to really see that, because it's tough to describe the feeling of losing a Grand Slam final.' He also spoke more detailled about Nadal and said: 'That's something tough to describe when you just say you won 10 French Open.
Wawrinka actually had the first break point in the third game in a scratchy start to the match but soon he was the one under pressure. The 31-year-old Spaniard broke early in the second set and at that moment, the writing was on the wall for Wawrinka. He wasted the first before Wawrinka sliced into the net to help his opponent etch his name further into tennis history.
"Without my uncle I would not have won 10 trophies", said Nadal who will rise to two in the world rankings on Monday.
"The only thing that I know is I am playing well now".
Toni presented his nephew with a replica of the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy in what is his final French Open before handing over full-time to 1998 Paris champion Carlos Moya.
Playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final, he triumphed in Paris without dropping a set for a third time.
"To play Rafa on clay in the French Open in a final is probably the biggest challenge you can have in tennis", he said.
Wawrinka began to strike some winners off his backhand, but could not find the necessary breakthrough while leading 15-30 at 1-3. 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.
Wawrinka had to come through five sets against world number one Andy Murray in the semi-finals and his body language quickly displayed his frustration as Nadal masterfully whipped balls into hard areas with punishing pace and accuracy - a spinning cross-court forehand putting him 3-0 up in the second set.