Rafael Nadal has written his name in the history books as he took home his tenth French Open title after defeating Stan Wawrinka in the final in Paris.
The Spaniard won the game 6-2 6-3 6-2 against his Swedish counterpart on his way to title number 15.
This makes him the first Tennis player in this era to win 10 Grand Slam tournaments.
This ended a string of three major final wins for Wawrinka and take Rafael Nadal well above Pete Sampras on the overall list of Grand Slam winners, with Roger Federer occupying the top spot on the log.
Before the Open Era, Margaret topped the list with 11 Australian Open titles from 1960 – 1973. Before the competition was open to both professionals and amateurs in 1968.
King Of Clay
Winning his 10th title in Roland Garros places Rafael Nadal at the top of the table when it comes to clay court.
Rafael Nadal’s win at Roland Garros extends his total record to 79 wins and two losses following his first victory in 2005. He lost out to Robin Soderling and Novak Djokovic in 2009 and 2014 respectively.
Wawrinka outwitted by Nadal
Although Nadal has a 15-3 win against Wawrinka and blazed his way through to the finals in the last two weeks, they were still some doubts about his ability before the final. But he quickly dispelled this notion with some top display which showed that he was back to his “Clay best”.
Wawrinka had had an impressive run to the finals as he saw off Andy Murray, the world number one, but he had a hard time doing the same with Nadal.
He couldn’t withstand power from Nadal and opted to try some spectacular move that worked against him as the game went into the 2nd set