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Nadal's no good with numbers? He seeks No. 10 at French Open

Nadal's no good with numbers? He seeks No. 10 at French Open

Former top-ranked Andy Roddick has expressed his astonishment at Rafael Nadal's incredible run to his 10th French Open title.

That serve: Stan has to take offense early and often, particularly off Rafa's second serve, but it would massively help Wawrinka's cause if he has a big serving day, which would allow him to tee off early in rallies as well as winning the point outright. Indeed he might have left the court as a straight-set victor.

Wawrinka has only beaten Nadal once on clay in six meetings. Nadal played a solid game and was always in control against the sixth seed.

Thiem, who overthrew defending champion Novak Djokovic in the last round, finished the match with 34 unforced errors as he regularly misfired from the back of the court.

Rafael Nadal swept the men's French Open final in straight sets Sunday, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, laying down an overwhelming performance Sunday against Stan Wawrinka.

And Nadal had no choice but to admit that he has indeed been dominant in the clay-court tournament and made sure to acknowledge that the final won't be easy.

Roland Garros' 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka, 32, became the oldest finalist in Paris in 44 years with a thrilling 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 win over world No 1 Murray.




"Obviously he didn't start in the first two rounds playing great but then lifted his game for the Del Potro match and then I think he played very well, getting to the semi-finals, losing to Stan, who played a fantastic match".

Now, more than three years and many anguished moments later, Nadal is in a comparable position as he prepares to face the firepower of the "Stanimal". Wawrinka used his sublime one-handed backhand and hammer of a forehand to send Murray scrambling and sliding all over Court Philippe Chatrier.

Rafael Nadal showed tremendous display of tennis as he did not lose a single set in French Open 2012 campaign till the final. He and partner Ryan Harrison will face Santiago Gonzalaz and Donald Young in the final.

Roger Federer might be able to return to the tour after a six-month break and win a grand slam at the first opportunity. He then led 3-0 and 4-2 in the third set before again being ambushed by a Murray counter-attack.

If he can't do that, another lopsided win for Nadal seems likely.

His uncle, Toni Nadal, was crying when interviewed on French television and struggled to answer questions due to emotion, wiping his eyes with his hands before composing himself. Nadal did not have an impressive start as he lost the first set 3-6 to the Serbian.

Nadal has never lost a final at Roland Garros, while Wawrinka has won all of his previous three slam finals, including against the Spaniard at the Australian Open in 2014. Michael Venus is trying to become first New Zealand player to win a Grand Slam men's doubles title since Onny Parun at Roland Garros in 1974. It will take more than an enormous effort from him to topple the man who is playing like a dream this year searching for an unimaginable 10th Roland Garros crown!


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