Rafael Nadal

Nadal makes history with a 10th French Open victory

RAFAEL Nadal has made it to the history books after wining his 10th French Open title.

The Spaniard destroying Stan Wawrinka in a one-sided match which also earned him a 15th Grand Slam crown.

The 31-year-old took the match 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.


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The collection of Slams now stands just three behind great rival Roger Federer.

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

He also lost just 35 games in total and only six in the final, his most comprehensive victory since allowing Roger Federer four games in the 2008 final.

“It’s really incredible. To win La Decima is very, very special,” said Nadal.

“I am very emotional. The feeling I have is impossible to describe.

“It’s difficult to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, it’s like no other place.”

Nadal was joined on the presentation by his uncle Toni, his longtime coach, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

“Without my uncle I would not have won 10 trophies,” said Nadal who will rise to two in the world rankings on Monday.

“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.”

Wawrinka, the oldest man in the championship match in 44 years, hailed Nadal as an opponent and sportsman.

“Rafa, I have nothing to say — you were too good,” said third seed Wawrinka.

“You are a great example and it’s always been an honour to play against you.”

It was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal and just the fourth for 32-year-olf Wawrinka, it was also the first time since 1969 that the Roland Garros final had featured two men over 30.

Despite having spent more than five hours on court getting to the final, 2015 champion Wawrinka had the first break point in the third game.

He couldn’t take it and it proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.

From there, it was all downhill with Nadal dominating the match and taking home the title.

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