Spain’s Rafael Nadal today produced a 2 hour and 5 minute Masterclass performance against the 3rd seed, Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, to capture his record-breaking 10th French Open title in Paris.
The Spaniard, despite being seeded 4th, was considered the firm favourite to lift the coveted La Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy at this year’s Grand Slam.
Nadal, who did not drop a set during the entire fortnight, again enthralled the crowd and his opponent with some unbelievable tennis from all corners of the court.
His stats of 83% wins on his first serve and 90% points won at the net were again testimony to his dominance throughout the tournament and his 6-2 6-3 6-1 victory over Wawrinka on Court Philippe Chatrier.
An emotional Nadal lifted the trophy just that much higher today and was joined on the podium by his Uncle, Toni Nadal, who has coached him since the age of three and to whom Nadal credits his victories. Uncle Toni also handed him a special replica trophy for his 10 French Open titles.
This is the third time this year that Nadal has captured 10 titles at a tournament, after claiming the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona titles leading up to the French Open.
Nadal now leaves the clay court season behind him as the undisputed “King of Clay”.