Nadal wins 10th French Open title

Haas sets up clash with Federer at Mercedes Cup

Haas sets up clash with Federer at Mercedes Cup

Yes, I'm talking about the legendary tennis star Rafael Nadal, who on Sunday outclassed a quality opponent Stan Wawrinka by 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in two hours and five minutes.

Federer (8, Halle, Germany) and Argentine clay-court legend Guillermo Vilas (8, Buenos Aires) are the male players with the next highest number of titles at a tournament below Grand Slam level. He lost in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, where he won the title a year ago to complete a career Grand Slam.

Later, it was the retiring uncle Toni who brought out Nadal's 10th trophy. "We were asking ourselves whether he would be able achieve this one more time". Sticking to a limited schedule has helped Roger Federer enjoy a renaissance late in his career but the Swiss says rest time is now over and he is looking forward to returning to action at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

Spain's Rafael Nadal's racket falls on the clay as he celebrates winning his tenth French Open title against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in three sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, during their men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 11, 2017. He made his debut at Roland Garros in 2005 as a teenager and beat Mariano Puerta in the final.

Call it a ideal 10. "It's impossible to compare it to another place", Nadal said.

"It's hard to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, it's like no other place".

He struggled to hold back the tears as he talked about the experience later, saying: "Yes there was nostalgia because I prefer so much more to be young".

"You know, on paper, when you look at the scores, it all seems fairly easy".

No other man or woman has won 10 championships at the same major in the Open era. Only Martina Navratilova comes close - she won nine Wimbledon titles between 1978 and 1990. "But not only here".

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Despite his dominance at the French Open, Nadal said he never took victory for granted. On clay, it's 7-1. "And here, we had the confirmation". Now he is 31, the shorts are shorter, the hair more closely cropped, the shirt has sleeves. He continued his in-form performance on his favorite surface, where he recorded the most wins in 2017, at Roland Garros without losing a set en route to the final.

Wilander believes time away from the court after finishing past year early has helped the Mallorcan to return to his formidable physical peak. Nadal said with a smile. The sun was shining, there was barely a trace of cloud in the bright blue sky and the temperature was about 85 degrees (30 Celsius).

The French Open title becomes his 15th Grand Slam as he now aims to match the record of rival Roger Federer, who has 18 Major titles to his name 'till date.

It threatened to get embarrassing for the Swiss when Nadal, his forehands now as venomous as a viper, raced into a 3-0 lead in the second set. Later, he spiked that piece of equipment, then mangled it, breaking it over his knee. Once passable, it is now potent. In his 39 matches, the Spaniard lost only 10 sets. That would be Wawrinka's lone break chance. His groundstrokes were delivered with loud, long grunts, echoing in the otherwise mostly silent Court Philippe Chatrier, filled with 15,000 or so souls too rapt to speak.

Even Wawrinka applauded that one.

"I think from the beginning from my side, for sure, I didn't play my best tennis", Wawrinka said.

"You are a great example and it's always been an honor to play against you".

"But that's clearly his best he ever play".

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