French Open champion Nadal: La Decima is impossible to describe
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 2:52
Without my uncle I would not have won 10 trophies, said Nadal who will rise to two in the world rankings on Monday.
Nadal took down Stan Wawrinka in the finals at Roland Garros in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.
The Spaniard crushed Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 to become the first man to win the same grand slam on 10 occasions.
With a place on tennis' Mount Rushmore already secure, Nadal certainly didn't need to win this tournament to secure his legacy, but 10-time French Open champion has a nice ring to it, and passing Sampras in Grand Slam titles gives his resume some extra juice.
Wawrinka, who has three major titles, had never lost a Grand Slam final but was clearly struggling to come up with answers to Nadal's clay-court prowess. Facing a trio of set points, Nadal showed the mettle and shots that would become so familiar, saving all three and not dropping another game for his first major championship.
He said: "It was an incredible final and a special one, to win "La Decima".
I am very emotional.
"I play my best at all events, but the feeling here is impossible to describe". For me the nerves, the adrenaline that I feel when I play in this court is impossible to compare to another feeling.
"I think it's something extremely remarkable that could be compared to the greatest achievements of any other, probably, athlete in any other sport".
This is Rafael Nadal's 15th Grand Slam title.
Telling Words: "I can't say I'm better than him".
Top seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won their fifth Grand Slam women's doubles title on Sunday at Roland Garros, putting them halfway to a calendar Slam. "Thank you everyone, you will always be in my heart", he said as the spectators in the Court Philippe Chatrier broke in to applause.
2017-Reached the Australian Open final where he lost to Federer in five sets.
Only Bjorn Borg, who conceded 32 on his way to the 1978 title, has been a more ruthless champion. Wawrinka had a game plan coming in.
Wawrinka's memorable semifinal win over world No. 1 Andy Murray held a promise of a much closer final.
Wawrinka was in the match for all five games, as the pair exchanged holds before Nadal's unmatched power saw him earn his first break of the contest for 4-2 in the opener. "So many reason made that score today, but mainly because he was playing better".
The Spaniard wrapped up the set with his second break of the match when Wawrinka sent a forehand long.