Nadal: 10th Roland Garros win is 'indescribable'
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 19:28
Rafael Nadal on Sunday came out with a stunning display against Stan Wawrinka and defeated the Swiss in straight sets to won the Men's Singles title for a magical 10th time, achieving "La Decima" and reaffirming his status as the greatest clay-courter of all time.
"It's hard to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, it's like no other place".
"But the thing that I am more proud of in my career probably is 2013".
Rafael Nadal the victor then, with a tenth French Open crown in just 13 years as the tennis world now turns its collective attention to the grass-court season and Wimbledon.
Rewinding the clock to the days when he was untouchable on the crushed brick dust, the 31-year-old turned 2015 champion Wawrinka into a human punchbag, winning in just over two hours.
"There is no one in the world who can make you feel more inadequate than Rafa Nadal on this court", said NBC's Mary Carillo, describing Nadal's dominance.
Nadal owns 53 clay trophies after adding his tenth at Roland Garros to the 10 he won at both Monte Carlo and Barcelona over the last three months. "Congratulations on your career, to you and your team". And now it's on to Wimbledon. "It's a tough loss". 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. On clay he's just tough to play.
The Spaniard became the first player to win 10 titles in any Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era.
Regardless, Nadal may not be the dominant, world-beating player he once was, but it's nice to see he can still hit that high gear at his favorite tournament. He also lost just 35 games in total and only six in the final, his most comprehensive victory since allowing Roger Federer four games in the 2008 final.
Nadal won for the 16th time in 19 meetings with Wawrinka, who insisted there was plenty to be positive about following his recent performances.
Key Stat: Nadal saved 16 of 17 break points he faced, going 10-for-10 in the first set, and 1-for-1 over the last two.
Wawrinka admitted the daunting mental challenge of facing Nadal on his favourite surface contributed heavily to the crushing defeat.
A brief lull as the court staff watered down the red dust failed to extinguish Nadal's fire and, despite Wawrinka's best efforts to extend the contest, the final set was little more than a coronation for Paris's favourite Spaniard.
The men's final at the French Open is underway. Relentless as ever, he made only 12 unforced errors and held all 12 of his service games.
"Twelve months ago, Nadal withdrew from the French Open with a left wrist injury on the eve of the third round".