Rafael Nadal Wins French Open For The Tenth Time

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 16, 2017

Sunday's victory also ended a three-year drought of major titles for Nadal, who won his ninth French Open in 2014 before being superseded by Novak Djokovic and slowed by injuries and dents to his confidence.

"Rafa, I have nothing to say about today - you were too good", Wawrinka said during their trophy presentation.

It marked a stirring return to the top for Nadal at his preferred event and surface where over his career, he is 79-2 at Roland Garros and 102-2 in all best-of-five-set matches on clay.

As well as the number, echoing the achievements of Nadal's football team Real Madrid in winning 10 Champions League titles, this one also has extra significance because it will be the last with Toni Nadal on the team.

"The things that have happened here at this tournament have been magical, but I have worked a lot to be here today. I can talk about the game, about what I did, about what he did, but at the end of the day it's quite clear". This year has been very special since the beginning. I mean, all the people who are around me.

The Aussies were bidding for their first Grand Slam title; in 2013 they reached three Grand Slam finals - at all but the French Open - and this year they got back to their winning ways with titles in Kuala Lumpur and Strasbourg.

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The Swiss had no doubt about Nadal's level, saying: "For sure he's playing the best he's ever played". "But not only here. Thank you for everything", said Nadal. That's why he's winning so much again.' Wawrinka finally commented about hiring Paul Annacone for the grass-court season: 'I want to progress, to make strides.

The Swiss said he had recovered well physically from the effort of defeating Andy Murray in a semi-final which lasted more than four and a half hours, but that mentally the efforts of the past few weeks had caught up with him. "If I continue playing well, why not no. 1?" I was a little bit hesitating with my selection of shots.

"It's always been an honor to play against you", Wawrinka told Nadal as he addressed the crowd. So I hope that my knees hold up well and I can have the preparation that I really need and the preparation that I wanted. He is now 3-1 in Grand Slam finals.

"This final to win La Decima for me is very, very special".

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. The 29-year-old is just New Zealand's second Grand Slam victor in the modern era. That's something so big for the sport. "But the feeling I have here is impossible to describe and hard to compare to another place". "I was trying to play better".

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