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La Decima! Rafael Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka to clinch his 10th French Open

Nadal didn't drop a set in the tournament

T2 Online Newsdesk 12 June 2017, 7:03 PM
Nadal won his first Grand Slam since 2014

Nadal won his first Grand Slam since 2014 Image: AFP

Rafael Nadal became the first tennis player to win 10 titles in any Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era as he outclassed Stanislas Wawrinka at the French Open final on Sunday. Rafa's feat drew plaudits from even Roger Federer.

Fourth-seeded Nadal registered a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory in two hours and five minutes over the Swiss third seed in the men's singles final.

With this win, the Spaniard took the sole second place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam titles won, with the 15th trophy of his career. Only Roger Federer is ahead of him on the list with 18 titles.

At 31 years and 8 days, Nadal, without losing a set at Roland Garros this year, also became the oldest player in history to win 15 Grand Slam titles. The win even prompted Roger Federer to hail the incredible Spaniard.

The victory was a special one for Rafa after struggling with injury and poor form for the past few years. It was his first Grand Slam win since 2014.

"A perfect Roland Garros for me. I play my best at all events, but the feeling here is impossible to describe. It's impossible to compare it to another place. The nerves, the adrenaline, I feel on the court are impossible to compare to another feeling. This is the most important event in my career," he said.

Nadal will look to continue his form at Wimbledon.

(With inputs from IANS and AP)

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