“King of Clay” Rafael Nadal has demolished Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 in a brutally one-sided final match to claim a record-extending 10th French Open title and 15th Grand Slam crown. He also becomes the first man in the history to win the same major 10 times.
His collection of Slams now stands just three behind great rival Roger Federer who won his 17th Grand Slam this year at Australian Open. His 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win in just over two hours highlighted how dominant Nadal had been throughout the tournament as he swept aside one opponent after another to drop just 35 games and not conceding any sets. Stan Wawrinka didn’t play badly. He just wasn’t allowed to play.
A beaming Rafael Nadal speaks. “It’s really unbelievable, to win the 10th is incredible, it’s very special. I’d like to thank all of you today. I’m very emotional. I try my best in all the events but the feeling I have here is impossible to describe. For me, the nerves, the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court is impossible to compare. It’s the most important event in my career, so to win here is something I cannot describe.”
Nadal also thanked his uncle and coach Toni who would be stepping down at the end of the year having been with him since an age of four. Toni was joined on the presentation too with Nadal praising his uncle, “Without my uncle I would not have won 10 trophies.”
“For me to be here for many years is difficult to describe. I come back and see people I have a good relationship with and it’s very special.
“It’s difficult for me to compare this to any other event. You are always going to be in my heart.”
“Rafa, I have nothing to say — you were too good,” said Wawrinka.
“You are a great example and it’s always been an honour to play against you.”
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 11, 2017
10 …… 10 ……. 10 ….. you can say it as much as you want. It's so not normal. Huge respect for @RafaelNadal .. pleasure to watch
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) June 11, 2017