Nadal wins record-breaking 10th French Open

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka during the men’s final match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 11, 2017 in Paris © AFP / Eric FEFERBERG

PARIS, France, Jun 11 Rafael Nadal coasted to a record 10th French Open title on Sunday, demolishing Stan Wawrinka in a brutally one-sided final which also earned the Spaniard a 15th Grand Slam crown.

Nadal, 31, triumphed 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.

His collection of Slams currently stands just three behind great rival Roger Federer, a staggering statistic coming just a year after he quit Roland Garros using a wrist injury.

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

He also lost just 35 games in total along with only six from the final, his most comprehensive victory since allowing Roger Federer four games from the 2008 final.

“of which’s actually incredible. To win La Decima is actually very, very special,” said Nadal.

“I am very emotional. The feeling I have is actually impossible to describe.

“of which’s difficult to compare with additional tournaments although the nerves along with adrenaline I feel, of which’s like no additional place.”

Once Hollywood A-lister Nicole Kidman had helped unbox the Coupe des Mousquetaires to a crowd already wilting in 30-degree heat, the final was underway.

of which was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal; just the fourth for Wawrinka, the oldest man from the championship match in 44 years.

Sunday was also the 1st time since 1969 of which the Roland Garros final had featured two men over 30.

Despite having spent more than 5 hours on court getting to the final, 2015 champion Wawrinka had the first break point from the third game.

The 32-year-old couldn’t take of which along with of which proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.

coming from there, of which was all downhill.

Nadal was unable to convert four break points from the fourth game.

No matter as he broke through for 4-2 along with then went to set point from the eighth game after a relentless forehand barrage sapped the will out of Wawrinka.

A backhand which sailed long gave Nadal the first set with the Spaniard having crunched 10 winners to Wawrinka’s four while committing half the unforced errors.

Nadal forced Wawrinka into another forehand error to break for 2-0 from the second set before the Swiss halted a run of seven games lost using a hold for 1-3.

although the song remained the same, Nadal taking the set from the ninth game, just moments after Wawrinka, who knocked out world number one Andy Murray from the semis, had destroyed a racquet in utter frustration.

First game of the third set along with Nadal broke again as the man who stunned him from the 2014 Australian Open final suffered further damage.

Nadal was soon a double break to the not bad for 4-1, held for 5-1 along with then claimed a huge slice of history when Wawrinka limply dropped a backhand into the net.

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