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'Amazing' Nadal better than ever, says Wawrinka

'Amazing' Nadal better than ever, says Wawrinka

Rafael Nadal coasted to a record 10th French Open title yesterday, demolishing Stan Wawrinka in a brutally one-sided final to cement his status as the greatest clay-courter of all time.

"This has been, I think, a ideal Roland Garros for me", said Nadal, who dropped just 35 games in total on his way to a 15th grand slam title but his first for three years.

Rafael Nadal has now won 10 French Open titles, the most titles at a single Grand Slam event of any player in history.

With this win, Nadal notched up another record including taking his Grand Slam titles tally to 15 which now makes him second only to Roger Federer on the all-time list for the most number of Grand Slam titles won.

He claimed a second break moments later to take the first set, and there already seemed no way back for the Swiss, who was in search of a second French Open title and fourth Grand Slam.

Nadal has not had to wait as long as Real Madrid did for a 10th European title but, for a man who won nine titles in 10 years, two years without one was virtually an eternity. It was his 18th crown.

A brief lull as the court staff watered down the red dust failed to extinguish Nadal's fire and, despite Wawrinka's best efforts to extend the contest, the final set was little more than a coronation for Paris's favourite Spaniard. For me the nerves, the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court is impossible to compare to another feeling. "It's the most important tournament in my career and to win again is something I can't describe". In the buildup, both men had talked about the need to be aggressive, but it was Nadal who pushed Wawrinka around and pushed him into going for too much.




█ The feeling I've here is impossible to describe.

Nadal will ascend to world No. 2 in the ATP Rankings released Monday as well, moving into the top two for the first time since 2014. One, because I play against him and he puts this doubt in your head when you play against him because he's playing so well.

The Spaniard dominated the summit clash completely and didn't allow the third seeded player to stage a comeback into the match.

"Since three years old we were working", said Nadal. At that point in his career, Federer was 14-1 against everyone else in major finals. "He's the best-ever player on clay".

It seems rather likely that the 18-time Grand Slam champion will win Wimbledon - he has geared his entire year towards it after all - but Nadal will be the real victor in terms of the rankings.

3 - This was the third time in his career Nadal has won the tournament without dropping a set. This final to win La Decima for me is very, very special.

Nadal won for the 16th time in 19 meetings with Wawrinka, who insisted there was plenty to be positive about following his recent performances. You play final of Grand Slam, you don't want to lose. I don't know. I am playing well.


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