Nadal routs Wawrinka to win French Open

Marsha Scott
June 12, 2017

Rafael Nadal on 11 June came out with a stunning display against Stan Wawrinka and defeated the Swiss in straight sets to win 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.

Nadal forced Wawrinka into another forehand error to break for 2-0 in the second set before the Swiss halted a run of seven games lost with a hold for 1-3.

The Spaniard dominated the summit clash completely and didn't allow the third seeded player to stage a comeback into the match.

He also did it without dropping a set and conceding only 35 games in seven matches.

He collapsed to the court when Wawrinka sent a backhand into the net and seconds later an emotional Nadal sunk his head into his towel while in his chair.

Wawrinka said he had not found his best level but paid tribute to the man he beat to win the first of his three grand slam titles in Australia in 2014.

It was Nadal's 15th win in Grand Slam, which makes him second-best after Roger Federer, who's got 18. Nadal is just short of winning one more game at the French Open to claim a record of winning eleven titles at the single grand slam, a record which is now held by Margaret Court.

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After being handed his first taste of defeat at Roland Garros following 31 successive wins by Robin Soderling amid the start of persistent knee issues in 2009, a result that enabled Federer to end his long wait to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires for the first time in his career, Nadal provided the most emphatic of responses. "It's impossible to compare it to another place", Nadal said.

After winning his ninth Roland Garros and 14th major in 2014, Nadal's best performance at the Slams was two quarter-final spots.

He is also one of the only two players in the history (the other one being Mats Wilander) who has won at least two Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces (hard court, grass, and clay).

Nadal won again at Roland Garros in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The Spaniard had beaten Djokovic in Monte Carlo and Rome and he made it a hat-trick with a 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 victory in Paris. I was trying to play the game I wanted to play. And he responded, waving his arms to encourage their support and continuing to fight, despite Nadal breaking in the opening game of the third set. He sat out the following Australian Open due to a stomach virus, meaning he spent close to six months off the Tour. He was broken a few seconds later to trail 4-1. If he does so next year, his 11 titles would match what Margaret Court accomplished at the Australian Open in the 1960s and 70s.

"But you need the right circumstances, the right ingredients to win 10 French Open titles".

The problem against Nadal, Wawrinka said, was more mental.

But if he does continue to pile up victories at Roland Garros, it will be without his influential coach, his Uncle Toni.

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