Rafael Nadal made history and celebrates his 10th French Open title after thrashing the three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka as he delivered his finest performance at Roland Garros.
Nadal finished the third seeded Swiss through three sets with a 6-2, 6-3, and 6-1 victory to earn his 15th major title.
The 31-year-old Spaniard becomes the first man in the Open Era to secure ‘La Decima’ and win 10 titles at a Grand Slam.
He was joined by his uncle Toni, his coach since boyhood, who is stepping down at the end of the year in the presentation. In fact, he’s uncle presented Rafa with a replica trophy with all 10 of his French Open titles engraved.
Right now, Nadal moves to second place on the all-time Grand Slam titles list and separated himself from Pete Sampras in the standings. In addition, Nadal sits only three Grand Slam titles away from matching his long-time rival Roger Federer.
For Nadal, throughout the tournament have been “magical” and he is happy for all the things that happened in this memorable yet historic event.
“It’s about the work you put in every day. It happened 10 times here already. All the things that happened in this tournament for me have been magical. I’m very happy for everything. Today was a very important day for me. There have been some tough moments and injuries, so it’s great to have a big success like this again. I’m happy because I have been working a lot to be where I am today… The only thing that I know is I am playing well now. I am happy. I am enjoying every week and I want to continue like this. I am going to try to keep working hard to enjoy more beautiful weeks.” Nadal said in the media
Meanwhile, Roger Federer congratulated Nadal through social media after his 10th French Open win.
Federer said in his Twitter praising Nadal’s incredible victory:
“Roger Federer ✔ @rogerfederer
Simply incredible, Rafa #10 #RG17 #VamosRafa #justdoit
5:50 AM – 12 Jun 2017”
Moreover, other big names in sports and tennis also congratulated the Spaniard through their social media accounts.
Wawrinka on the other end was so honored playing against Nadal.
“What you are doing in tennis is unbelievable. It’s always been an honour to play against you, two grand slam finals now, congratulations to you for your career and your team.” Wawrinka said
Moving forward, Nadal will compete at Queens as a preparation for Wimbledon.
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