Rafael Nadal Makes History at the French Open

Rafael Nadal Makes History at the French Open

Rafael Nadal wins his 10th French Open title with a 6-2 6-3 6-1 victory over Stanislas Wawrinka at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal said to "win La Decima is very, very special" after demolishing Stan Wawrinka on Sunday to claim a record 10th French Open title.

But in an astonishing resurgence the Mallorcan reached this year's Australian Open final, losing a classic to old sparring partner Roger Federer, and has steamrollered through the European claycourt season, winning a 10th title in Monte Carlo and Barcelona and a fifth in Madrid.

Nadal is the first man in the Open era to win a Grand Slam 10 times.

"It's truly wonderful", he said in French. I'm very emotional - and in this moment it's even worse.

"This is the most important event in my career without a doubt so to win here is something that I can not describe".

"It has been a while since I played a good Wimbledon and after what happened with my knees in 2012 it has been tougher and tougher to compete on grass", he said.

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

Nadal clutches the trophy. "For me just to be here for such a lot of years is something hard to describe".

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Nadal is also only the third male player after Sampras and Rosewall to win a Grand Slam title in his teens, 20s and 30s.

"It's always been an honor to play against you", Wawrinka told Nadal as he addressed the crowd. He is 3-0 in Grand Slam finals, beating Djokovic at the 2015 French Open and the 2016 US Open. The 35-year-old Swiss superstar made a decision to forego the 2017 French Open.

From there, it was all downhill.

Wawrinka smashed his racket after giving up two set points and the fourth-seeded Nadal sealed it on his first, when the Swiss player returned long.

While Wawrinka needed the best part of five hours to defeat world number one Andy Murray, Nadal brushed aside Dominic Thiem, the conqueror of Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

Despite repeated injury problems in recent years, Nadal looked his imperious best at his beloved Roland Garros as he swatted aside third seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. After holding his serve in the first game, Nadal broke Wawrinka's serve to love in the next.