French Open Day 15: Brilliant Nadal crushes Wawrinka to lift tenth French Open title

Rafael Nadal cruised to a tenth French Open title on the final day at Roland Garros, as the “King of Clay” brushed Stan Wawrinka aside to claim his 15th grand slam title.

Nadal marched towards a first French Open title since 2014 as he cruised to a 6-2 6-3 6-1 victory against the third seed, without having dropped a set in the whole tournament.

Rafael Nadal becomes the first man to win ten times at a single grand slam
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His fourth title of the 2017 – following on from Monte Carlo Masters, Madrid Open and Barcelona Open success – also sees Nadal write his name in the history books, as he becomes the first player in the Open Era to win ten titles at a single grand slam event.

Wawrinka could get nowhere near the dominant Spaniard as he could not follow-up on his impressive semi-final win over Andy Murray on Friday, as his wait for a fourth grand slam title goes on.

Nadal had to fend off an early break point before he threatened Wawrinka’s serve in the fourth game of the opening set, but Wawrinka managed to fend off four break points in the next after Nadal sent two forehands long after a ten-minute game.

However, the Spaniard would finally break down his 32-year-old opponent for a crucial break point to take a 4-2 lead when Wawrinka sent a forehand wide and Nadal would move into a one-set lead when the Swiss man again sent his forehand too long.

Nadal has never lost in a Roland Garros final and he took another giant step towards “La Decima” by breaking the Swiss man again in the opening game of the second, when Wawrinka smashed a forehand into the net.

A cross court forehand from Nadal made it seven games in a row for the 31-year-old to take a 3-0 lead and there was to be no way back for Wawrinka, as Nadal cruised into a two-set lead when he miscued a return afer two unforced errors from 2015 French Open champion.

Wawrinka twice came from behind to defeat world number one Murray in the semi-finals, but there was to be no comeback from him against Nadal, who broke again in the opening game of the third after Wawrinka hit long after a brilliant rally.

The Swiss man had a sniff of a break when he went 30-0 up in the fourth game but he blew his chance by sending a cross court forehand wide, before Nadal broke again to take a 4-1 lead after two unforced errors from Wawrinka.

It was a dominant performance from the in-form Nadal and he wrapped up his tenth French Open title by breaking Wawrinka for a third time in the third set, when Wawrinka smashed a forehand volley into the net.

After sealing a 15th grand slam title, Nadal said it was an amazing feeling to win once again at Roland Garros which brings his incredible record at the Paris grand slam to 79 wins and just two losses.

“It’s a feeling that’s impossible to describe,” said the 31-year-old.

“For me the nerves and the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court is impossible to compare to another court. It is the most important event in my career, to win again here is impossible to describe.”

Nadal moves above Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners moving into second place behind Roger Federer, whose Australian Open title back in January has him leading the pack with 18 grand slam titles.

Check out more results from the final day of the 2017 French Open, including the double’s finals, at this link.

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