Rafael Nadal wins men's French Open final

Spain's Rafael Nadal clenches his fist invictory after defeating Austria's Dominic Thiem during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Friday

9-time champ Nadal faces Wawrinka in French Open men's final

King Of Clay is no longer a suitable title for Rafael Nadal when it comes to the French Open.

Rafael Nadal completed his own La Decima by crushing Stan Wawrinka to win an unprecedented 10th French Open title. Nadal then proceeded to bury Wawrinka 6-3 to put himself one set away from another title.

Playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final, he triumphed in Paris without dropping a set for a third time.

And win all the matches he did, finally capturing the 10th French Open championship title that had been eluding him since he last won the Grand Slam in 2014.

With this victory, he moved above Pete Sampras in the list of all-time Grand Slam winners.

The high forehand to a one-hander's backhand, the shot that has been Roger Federer's nemesis, was working just as well against his compatriot.

Having beaten world number one Andy Murray with a majestic display of power in the semi-final, third seed Wawrinka arrived full of confidence as, at 32, he tried to become the oldest French Open victor since Andres Gimeno in 1972. It was his 18th crown.

1430: Nadal saves the first break-point of the match by hitting through his opponent's backhand and then enjoys two unreturned serves to hold.

"It's a feeling that's impossible to describe", Nadal was quoted as saying by French Open website. For me the nerves, the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court is impossible to compare to another feeling. "It's the most important event in my career, so to win here is something I can not describe", Nadal said after his win.

Gustavo Kuerten has been given his Hall of Fame ring in a ceremony marking 20 years since the Brazilian won his first French Open title.

“You are a great example and its always been an honour to play against you.”.

“Its hard to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, its like no other place.”.

In many ways, it was fitting that he turned defence into attack one last time on match point to take it, crushing Wawrinka one last time. He won all 12 service games, saving the lone break point he faced, and made a mere 12 unforced errors. "But I played against the biggest clay-court player ever".

Wawrinka, who has three major titles, had never lost a Grand Slam final but was clearly struggling to come up with answers to Nadal's clay-court prowess.

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka deliberately breaks his racket in the men's final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 11, 2017. "He is playing the best he has ever played, that's for sure".

- Nadal dropped just 35 games in his seven matches at this year's French Open.

"We've worked a lot and without him I would not have 10 trophies", said the Mallorcan, who will rise to No. 2 in the world rankings today.

Wawrinka won the title in Geneva on the eve of Roland Garros, an important win for his confidence after a poor clay-court season.

Nadal failed to convert any of the four break points he had in the following game, but drew first blood the next time an opportunity arose to take a 4-2 lead.

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