Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Rafael Nadal wins French Open without dropping a set

Rafael Nadal wins French Open without dropping a set

Spain's Rafael Nadal became the first player to win 10 men's singles titles at a Grand Slam tournament after beating Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the final of the French Open today.

It took the fourth-seeded Nadal just over two hours to win 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, with the Spaniard sealing it on his second match point when Wawrinka sliced a backhand volley into the net.

The Spaniard, a losing finalist at the Australian Open, proved unplayable as he clinched a 15th major to move clear of Pete Sampras and just three back of Roger Federer's record haul of 18 - but at Roland Garros he is the undisputed king.

2005-Won the French Open on his debut in 2005 and a year later beat Roger Federer in the final for his second title.

He fought all the way through the third set, picking up a double break when he didn't necessarily need to in what was ultimately the final game of the match - but it characterised what Nadal did - fought for every point, as he has done throughout his career and made Wawrinka work for everything.

Only Bjorn Borg, who conceded 32 on his way to the 1978 title, has been a more ruthless champion.

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"I play my best at all events, but the feeling here is impossible to describe".

"It's hard to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, it's like no other place". "And second, all the effort I have been doing last few weeks to get to my best level again, to get some confidence again, and to win all those matches, some tough matches". In six matches so far in Paris, he has not dropped a set and lost only 29 games.

"This final to win La Decima for me is very, very special", said Nadal, who received the Coupe des Mousquetaires from his departing uncle Toni.

1418: Here we go.the players are in position and Nadal serves up the first game.

No matter as he broke through for 4-2 and then went to set point in the eighth game after a relentless forehand barrage sapped the will out of Wawrinka.

Straw hats and fans were de rigueur for an expectant Court Philippe Chatrier as the final began with temperatures hovering around the 30 degrees Celcius mark - ideal conditions for Nadal's trademark monstrous topspin game. "It's true that 10 is a lovely number, but actually my favorite is nine", Nadal said before facing Wawrinka, the 2015 French Open victor.

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But again, when I enter the court, I enjoy it and I appreciate to be in the final of Grand Slam here in French Open.

Playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final, Nadal triumphed in Paris without dropping a set for a third time.

2 - Having claimed the French Open title, Nadal has risen to number two in the world rankings. Nadal needed just one as he forced Wawrinka wide and the Swiss overcooked his forehand to hand the Spaniard the advantage in the match.

It is another remarkable achievement for Nadal, whose status as the greatest clay-court player that tennis has ever seen is surely now absolutely guaranteed.

"The only thing that I know is I am playing well now".

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