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Nadal dominates to win historic 10th French Open title

12 June 2017

Twelve years after winning his first French Open title, Rafael Nadal is still the King of Roland Garros after an emphatic 62, 63, 61 victory over Stan Wawrinka.

Another one can now be added to the list - and it is one for the ages - after the Spaniard crushed Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 to become the first man to win the same grand slam on 10 occasions.

Far from being done, Nadal won the 2017 French Open without losing a single set and in the process became the only tennis player, male or female, to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam.

"A ideal Roland Garros for me", Nadal said.

"It's very emotional for me".

"The nerves, the adrenaline that I feel when I play in this court is impossible to compare".

Nadal was forced to pull out of last year's French Open - the tournament he cherishes most - after potential career-threatening damage to his left wrist tendons.

You could never call winning something 10 times a non-event, but as a contest the fact was that this was no thriller, and that was down to Nadal's brilliance. ' In the last three years when you failed to win a slam, did you have any fears?

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The 31-year-old Nadal was overwhelmingly good from start to finish against Wawrinka - and over the past two weeks en route to La Decima, Spanish for "10th". Now he is 31, the shorts are shorter, the hair more closely cropped, the shirt has sleeves. And as he said at the time: "At the beginning, I was waaaay better".

But the barrel-chested "Stanimal" was powerless as Nadal turned the final into an exhibition of his clay clourt supremacy taking his French Open record to an eye-watering 79-2.

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova claimed their third consecutive grand slam doubles title with a convincing 6-2 6-1 victory over Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.

Nadal also won Roland Garros in 2006, 2007 and 2008, then after a fourth-round loss on bad knees in 2009, he grabbed a record five in a row from 2010-14.

There is no greater challenge in tennis than trying to defeat Nadal in a best-of-five set match on clay, so Wawrinka looked back on his fortnight with fondness once the immediate disappointment faded.

"I love grass, everybody knows". You are a big example today in tennis, what you are doing is unbelievable.

"Nothing to say about today", Wawrinka told Nadal during the trophy ceremony.

In the first set on Philippe Chatrier court, the Swiss controlled most of the rallies as Nadal opted to sit back and not force matters.

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Nadal saved the first break point in the third game with a good serve - the lone break point he faced - then Wawrinka immediately saved four. He converted 6 of 13 break points in his final phase to achieve the 10th success.

But it didn't materialize and Wawrinka flung his racket to the court in disgust when he missed a forehand passing shot with Nadal stranded.

"Nadal has changed his game and he is playing way more aggressive, closer to the baseline, it's a different Nadal."

"He has taken confidence away from Wawrinka, from [Andy] Murray, even though he didn't play him".

Nadal never relented in this first men's final featuring two thirty-somethings at Roland Garros since 1969.

"After a few years with many problems he came back here with a lot of courage", Toni Nadal said in French.

Key Stat: This was the one that broke Borg's record of six French Open titles. They let out a burst of claps and roars in the second set on one particularly exquisite display: Wawrinka smacked a cross-court backhand to a corner, and Nadal sprinted to his left to get to the ball, wide of the doubles alley, and whip a forehand that curved around the net post and landed near a line for a victor.

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