La Decima for Rafael Nadal at French Open 2017

Jun 14, 2017, 05:35
La Decima for Rafael Nadal at French Open 2017

He continued his in-form performance on his favorite surface, where he recorded the most wins in 2017, at Roland Garros without losing a set en route to the final.

Rafael Nadal completed his own La Decima by crushing Stan Wawrinka to win an unprecedented 10th French Open title.

At 31 years and 8 days, Nadal, only surrendering 35 games in seven matches at Roland Garros this year, also became the oldest player in history to win 15 Grand Slam titles. Mats Wilander, a three-time Paris victor, acknowledges winning titles at Roland Garros is a most challenging task, physically and mentally, and to win 10 times is one of sport's greatest achievements.

Sport is a sweaty business, and playing sustained tennis at the level that Rafael Nadal does, day after day, generating power every serve, requires energy.

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As a tired Wawrinka sliced a volley into the net on match point Nadal collapsed on his back on the baseline.

Nadal, who defeats the third choose of Rolando Garro Tournament on Sunday, defeated Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.

Nadal clinched his tenth French Open singles crown on Sunday with a flawless display of clay-court tennis to beat Stan Wawrinka.

"Physically I felt good, but mentally it was tough". "The doubts, I think, are good, because the doubts give you the possibility to work with more intensity, with more humility, and accepting that you need to keep working hard to improve things", he told a post-match news conference. "That's for sure. But not only here", said Wawrinka, a three-time major champion, including at the 2015 French Open.

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Wawrinka arrived in Paris fresh off winning a clay court title in Geneva and knocked out world number one Andy Murray in a five-set thriller in the semi-finals.

She began what would become an enthralling, 2-hour encounter by breaking No. 3-seeded Simona Halep at love with a series of grip-it-and-rip-it shots, eliciting loud, appreciative gasps from spectators. He lost to Roger Federer in the Australian Open final in January. Sometimes it is too short of a time and I really can't recover fast enough.

"He's playing the best he's ever played".

Wawrinka, who triumphed in Geneva in the buildup to the tournament, had also won a career-high 11 successive matches on clay.

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Over his career, Nadal has proven himself as one of the fittest-and strongest-tennis players on tour. It is not that I am playing more or less aggressive.

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