Frustrated Stan Wawrinka destroys racket in French Open final

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2017

- Nadal was introduced to tennis at the age of three by another uncle, Toni Nadal.

Turned out he could, and he did, as masterful as at any time.

Or as the Nadals preferred: La Decima, Spanish for "The Tenth".

"I was not nervous, I was very confident that Rafa was going to win, in a pretty comfortable manner as he did, the way he was playing till today, and he continued today even more, he was dominating, just incredible", said Gasol. "The nerves and adrenaline I feel on this court is impossible to compare".

More importantly, the early exit for Novak Djokovic means Nadal knocks the Serb out of the top two for the first time in six years - and next in line is Murray's top spot.

Rafael Nadal is the first player to win 10 championships at the same Grand Slam in the Open era.

The final score read 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the Spaniard's favour, as he literally sprinted his way to a mind-boggling 10th Roland Garros title.

"He's playing the best he's ever played".

Nadal won for the 16th time in 19 meetings with Wawrinka, who insisted there was plenty to be positive about following his recent performances. "But not only here".

Nadal was on a mission as he chased his 10th French Open crown.

The third set was simply clinical from Nadal.

"It's truly wonderful", he said in French. "And here, we had the confirmation".

2005 - Won the French Open on his debut in 2005 and a year later beat Roger Federer in the final for his second title.

"And because I am 31 already and not a kid anymore".

The Swiss had never lost a final at a major, while Nadal has not lost in 10 Roland Garros finals. His only two losses came against Sweden's Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009, and against Djokovic in the quarterfinals two years ago.

Nadal wasn't the only one who was thrilled with his new record.

Well, he sure proved to be precisely that Sunday, when the conditions were exactly to the liking of a guy who grew up on the island of Mallorca.

With Federer, 35, having won this year's Australian Open, this is the first time since 1972 that a man 30 years of age or older has won the first two Slams of a calendar year. The problem against Nadal, Wawrinka said, was more mental.

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. Later, he spiked that piece of equipment, then mangled it, breaking it over his knee. The Swiss national was lauded as a formidable opponent to Nadal. On this day, he was terrific.

Wawrinka - with a seemingly smile of resignation on his face - implored the crowd to get behind him when he delicately sent a chipped backhand past Nadal in the fifth game of the third.

One area of significant improvement for Nadal is his serve.

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