Rafael Nadal vs Stanislas Wawrinka, French Open 2017


Claycourt master Rafa Nadal was too hot to handle as he crushed Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 to claim a record-extending 10th French Open title on Sunday.

Among the most dominant: Nadal's 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Stan Wawrinka on Sunday, which barely lasted 2 hours and was not much of a contest at all.

In the process, he continued his winning streak in French Open finals to ten with the only time he's not won the title coming in 2009 (losing in fourth round to Robin Soderling), 2015 (losing to Novak Djokovic in quarterfinal) and previous year retiring early due to a wrist issue.

Wawrinka, 32, was beaten in a major final for the first time after winning his first three.

Nadal is bidding for a record 10th title in Paris and his 15th Grand Slam title overall.

The Spaniard displayed signs of a recovery earlier this year by reaching the Australian Open final but lost to Federer on the hard court.

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"I try my best in all events but the feeling I have here is impossible to describe", Nadal added.

"I'm a little emotional", Nadal said before his tearful uncle Toni, his career-long coach who will take a back seat at the end of the year, handed him La Coupe des Mousquetaires. In 2016 he had to withdraw due to a wrist injury. Federer, Romania's Ilie Nastase and Australia's Ken Rosewall are the only other players to win a major without dropping a set - all three have managed the feat once.

"When you hesitate on how to play a ball, your legs move later and it's too late".

Telling Words: "I can't say I'm better than him".

No matter as he broke through for 4-2 and then went to set point in the eighth game after a relentless forehand barrage sapped the will out of Wawrinka. Nadal scored 27 winners as compared to Wawrinka's 19.

The Spaniard has enjoyed an era of dominance at Roland Garros, with few able to live with the "King of Clay".

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There is no greater challenge in tennis than trying to defeat Nadal in a best-of-five set match on clay, so Wawrinka looked back on his fortnight with fondness once the immediate disappointment faded.

Key Stat: Nadal was 31-0 for his career until losing to Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.

Sunday was also the first time since 1969 that the Roland Garros final had featured two men over 30.

"Last year", Nadal said, "was not an easy one".

Nadal hit surely the shot of the tournament in the sixth game, taking a fine Wawrinka backhand and lashing it down the line without even looking.

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