Rafael Nadal Makes History at the French Open

Rafael Nadal Makes History at the French Open

On clay, against Nadal, whose 10 French Open titles may only ever be beaten if he wins again next year, the indecision was deadly. This is not the first time.

Nadal won his 15th grand slam, three away from the men's record held by Swiss Roger Federer. Wawrinka lost his serve thrice as Nadal comfortably won the set 6-1 in just 35 minutes.

The Spaniard dominated the summit clash completely and didn't allow the third seeded player to stage a comeback into the match. I don't know if I will ever get to meet the player who will do better than I did.

"I think since the beginning of the year, you can see he's playing more aggressive, staying more close from the line". 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. Confronted with the match's first break point, 10 minutes in, he solved the predicament this way: service victor at 107 miles per hour (173 kph), ace at 117 miles per hour (189 kph), service victor at 120 miles per hour (194 kph).

Telling Words: "He kind of wears you out or wears you down". It always looked like it was going to be a Nadal match.

"If you have no doubts it is probably because you are too arrogant". This time, he was a little more composed.

Telling Words: "Roger, I'm sorry".

Wawrinka added during the trophy ceremony: "Nothing to say about today".

Martina Navratilova, previously tied with Nadal, owns nine singles titles at Wimbledon, while Margaret Court holds 11 singles titles at the Australian Open - a feat spanning both the amateur and open eras. Wawrinka actually had the first break point in the third game in a scratchy start to the match but soon he was the one under pressure. This was Nadal's rebound from his annus horribilis of 2009, when he dealt with painful knee tendinitis, an abdominal tear and the separation of his parents. "But when I enter the court, I enjoy it and I appreciate [being] in the final of a Grand Slam here [at the] French Open".

It's a Grand Slam, but it's the same Grand Slam.

Telling Words: "Rafael was very nervous in the locker room".

Greg Rusedski was left stunned by the level of play Rafael Nadal produced against Stan Wawrinka. The achievement of winning 10 French Open titles is called "La Decima", and has been described by John McEnroe as the ultimate sporting achievement.

Borg also occupies third place on that list, having lost just six more games on his way to winning the title two years later. The reasons for the nerves: Djokovic had run off eight games in a row before the break.

The 32-year-old had previously won all three major finals that he had competed in, but things were looking increasingly bleak after losing serve early in the second set.

But Nadal seized control when they returned to the court, and the match ended anticlimactically with a double-fault by Djokovic. Nadal raced to a 3-0 lead in no time before Wawrinka broke back to make it 3-1.

Telling Words: "When I think of all that Rafael has done, I don't understand it". Federer is the only player with more on 18.