Rafael Nadal wins record 10th French Open
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 19:57
Rafael Nadal has defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets at Roland Garros to win a record 10th French Open title. "Thank you for everything", said Nadal. "It is true that this one is going to be one of the more special for the number, for what happened on the ceremony after the final, for so many things", he said. I played well during both weeks and from the start of the season.
Speaking in French, Nadal described the win as "incredible", and then the Spaniard had to switch to speaking English because "I am emotional". Last year, he withdrew ahead of his third-round match against compatriot Marcel Granollers with a wrist injury.
Nadal added: "I play my best in all events but the feeling I have here is impossible to describe and you can't compare it".
"I would like to congratulate Rafael for his victory today".
After his 10th French Open title, he has put himself into the conversation of the greatest player of all time discussion. "I was trying to play better". Nadal continued to hold serve easily and then, getting his groundstrokes right and playing with plenty of depth, broke on Wawrinka's very next service game to take the lead 4-2. So I hope that my knees hold up well and I can have the preparation that I really need and the preparation that I wanted.
Key Stat: Two days after turning 19, Nadal became the youngest man to win a major title since Michael Chang was 17 at the 1989 French Open. "But not only here".
Ferrer had won all 18 sets he'd played through the semifinals but was no match for Nadal. "That's why he's winning so much again".
4 - The 31-year-old matched the feat achieved by Bjorn Borg in 1980 in claiming the French Open title without losing more than four games in a set. "It's hard to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, it's like no other place". I was always a little bit between [thoughts]. Thank you to the organisers, the other players, to all the people that make this tournament possible. "Just for me it's the most important event in my career without a doubt".
First game of the third set and Nadal broke again as the man who stunned him in the 2014 Australian Open final suffered further damage.
Nadal clutches the trophy.
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.
On Sunday, he will be playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final. That's something so big for the sport.
Should he pull the trigger early or trade blows with the best clay-court player of all time?
"For me to be here for many years is hard to describe". I don't know. I am playing well. If I don't feel that, then probably my chances are not there, no?