NADAL WINS ‘LA DECIMA’

Rafael Nadal scored an emphatic straight forward 6-2 6-3 6-1 victory over Stan Wawrinka to capture an historic 10th singles title at Roland Garros, the most by a player, male or female at any of the four majors.

The Spaniard now has 15 Grand Slam titles, surpassing Pete Sampras to stand alone in second behind Roger Federer.


Nadal controlled from start to finish, rallying through his service games with relative ease. In fact his service came under pressure once during the entire match, a break point for Wawrinka in game three of the first set which he saved.

Wawrinka, who has a perfect 3 wins in 3 record in major finals, never found his rhythm to go on a run of attacking, anytime tried led to uncharacteristic errors. Nadal began to mount pressure on the already out of sort Swiss. The Spaniard got the breakthrough in game seven after Wawrinka sent a backhand slice into the net. The errors kept flowing and was not for Nadal to secure an insurance break and the opening set.

Despite taking a time violation, Nadal kept his foot on the gass and was 3-0 up in the second set. The Swiss could not keep up with the demand from the crowd on Philippe Chatrier who wanted to see a close fight. Soon the set was sealed and a frustrated Wawrinka made his racquet suffer.


Nadal got Wawrinka in corner he wanted and punched his way to the finish line. The third seed was mentally off balance and could not pull the brakes or have the firepower to raid the upcoming La Decima party, albeit sending a drop shot into the net with Nadal falling flat to his back on celebration.

The King of Clay was presented a special replica of the Coupe des Mousquetaires for keeps with his name and the years of his French Open wins engraved on it.

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