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Rafael Nadal clinches record 10th French Open title

Rafael Nadal clinches record 10th French Open title

The logo on the podium was altered to read "10" for Spain's Rafael Nadal 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.

With the victory, Nadal now has 15 Grand Slam titles, one more than Pete Sampras and behind only rival Roger Federer on the all-time list.

He claimed a second break moments later to take the first set, and there already seemed no way back for the Swiss, who was in search of a second French Open title and fourth Grand Slam.

Nadal, who won his first French Open title at the age of 19 in 2005, had gone three years without a Grand Slam crown.

35 - In surging to the title Nadal lost just 35 games, the second lowest number by a grand slam champion in the Open Era.

Both Wawrinka and Nadal have met in several courts prior to Sunday's finals with Wawrinka beating the Spaniard in the 2014 Australian Open.

"It's true that 10 is a handsome number, but actually my favourite is nine", said Nadal, the nine-time champion at Roland Garros who faces 2015 victor Stan Wawrinka in the final.

No player with a single-handed backhand has ever managed to contain Nadal on Court Philippe Chatrier, where he will attempt to win an unprecedented 10th French Open on Sunday. I'm very emotional. I try my best in all the events but the feeling I have here is impossible to describe.

"I didn't play my best tennis for sure, I was a little bit hesitant with my selection of shots".

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"For me to be here for many years is hard to describe".

Nadal immediately put Wawrinka in the same position on the next game.

- Nadal broke Wawrinka to take a 3-0 lead in the second set.

This time it has been hard for me, but my relationship with this tournament is special.

“Rafa, I have nothing to say – you were too good, ” said third seed Wawrinka. He is now 3-1 in Grand Slam finals. Wawrinka is the 2015 Roland Garros champion. I am happy, I am enjoying every week and I want that to continue.

As a tired Wawrinka sliced a volley into the net on match point Nadal collapsed on his back on the baseline.

Back to his best on his favorite surface, Nadal has been the dominant player of the clay court season. "Thanks so much, it wouldn't be possible without you".

This was the first Roland Garros final between two players aged 30 and over since 1969, when 30-year-old Rod Laver defeated 34-year-old Ken Rosewall.

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