Rafael Nadal wins 2017 French Open men's title

Rafael Nadal wins 2017 French Open men's title

Rafael Nadal wins 2017 French Open men's title

Rafael Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets Sunday in the final match of the tennis French Open, winning the grand slam for the 10th time in his career.

The Spaniard became the first player to win 10 titles in any Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era.

With Jelena Ostapenko winning the women's singles title, Sunday's match between Nadal and Wawrinka wraps up the French Open and the clay court season.

Rafael Nadal once again justified his "King of Clay" tag by bagging an incredible tenth French Open title on Sunday at the expense of Stan Wawrinka who had no answer to the Spaniard's thumping groundstrokes and overall play. It is hard to compare this tournament to any other one. "It's the most important tournament in my career and to win again is something I can't describe".

Nadal also won Roland Garros in 2006, 2007 and 2008, then after a fourth-round loss on bad knees in 2009, he grabbed a record five in a row from 2010-14.

The least number of games dropped by Nadal in his 10 title runs in Paris, although one of those wins was a 6-2, 2-0 (retired) match against compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta. "To play against you is an honour".

"From the beginning from my side, I didn't play my best tennis", Wawinka said.

Wawrinka's memorable semifinal win over world No. 1 Andy Murray held a promise of a much closer final.

Should he pull the trigger early or trade blows with the best clay-court player of all time? He remained at his side throughout his career, but this year, Toni announced he will be stopping travelling with his nephew and will be replaced by Carlos Moya, one of tennis' former superstars, as one of Nadal's coaches. Wawrinka at least forced Nadal to serve out the set but that proved to be no problem, with the Swiss destroying his racket when he missed a forehand.

Two days after turning 19, Nadal became the youngest man to win a major title since Michael Chang was 17 at the 1989 French Open. Nadal said when he first won the title in 2005 he would not have imagined he would still be playing in 2017, let alone winning, and said 10 titles had a special ring to it.

"If I feel healthy during Wimbledon, then probably I'm going to have my chances to play well".

Rafael Nadal dispatched all before him to sweep to his own La Decima at the French Open and he is not intending to stop there. That's not to say it wasn't impressive, it's just in my mind if he ties Federer in major titles with 18, and he does it with 13 French titles and 5 titles everywhere else, I would argue hard for Federer as the greatest. At 30-15, Wawrinka had an easy passing opportunity as Nadal came to the net, but made an absolute mess of it before slamming his racquet into the court, ruining it.

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