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TENNIS – RAFAEL NADAL WINS LA DECIMA AT FRENCH OPEN

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Nadal plays a vicious forehand during his dominant display over Wawrinka in the French Open final on Sunday afternoon

To Rafael Nadal ‘La Decima’ – a tenth French Open title, with his astonishing hold on Roland Garros extending beyond his 31st birthday.

The Spanish clay-court master became the oldest Paris champion of the post-1968 era and the first to win a Major 10 times when he smashed Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in two hours and five minutes.

Third seed Wawrinka stretches low to try and reach a backhand, but he was outplayed throughout by the Spanish No 1

Nadal fell onto his back on the clay after the Swiss made a mess of a mid-court volley, having claimed the Coupe Des Mousquetaires for the loss of just 35 games.

Even by his standards Nadal has dominated this tournament, and Wawrinka had no answer to his power and consistency off both flanks, plus a dominating display off his first serve.

Come injuries, career hiatuses, Roland Garros has never seen a player like it, and surely will not do so again.

The fourth seed Spaniard only dropped six games on his way to a historic 10th French Open title at Roland Garros

It was actually his 15th Grand Slam title and his first since winning here in 2014. Had he converted that fifth set lead at the Australian Open he would have been breathing down Roger Federer’s neck.

You could never call winning something 10 times a non-event, but as a contest the fact was that this was no thriller, and that was down to Nadal’s brilliance.

A contributor too, perhaps, was what Andy Murray took out of the Swiss on Friday.

Wawrinka came in with two hopes, the first that he could recreate the big occasion form that has seen him win all three Grand Slam finals he has played.

Surely Wawrinka was feeling reflected in this broken, battered racket. Pure impotence. As the only consolation, he could see it coming and that his predecessors on the other side of the track of Rafa Nadal also were as shocked as frustrated by the imperial tennis of Nadal.

Wawrinka appeared frustrated throughout the match, at one point slamming his racket onto the clay before breaking it

Even Wawrinka had to clap some racket from Nadal. A ‘bananazo’ of the manacor√≠, a right stuck in race from outside to inside, one of the mark of identity of a pleasing Nadal, raised to the public of its seats. And the Swiss, hallucinating, cheered his adversary.

The monologue continued until Nadal saw the Cup of the Musketeers in his arms for the tenth time. Not a moment of relaxation or contemplation. He has gone to open tomb in a tournament of super championship, which will serve as an example of attitude and game forever.

Spanish champion Rafael Nadal clutches the Coupe Des Mousquetaires in his grasp, the only man ever to have won it 10 times

Nadal wins his professional title 73, with 53 on the ground , where he has won 389 games losing only 35. The time has passed from 2005 to 2017, and Rafa is not surprised by his ability to give even more. Replica of the trophy aside, also a heel of 2,100,000 euros .

Toni Nadal will go home happy at the conclusion of the campaign. Carlos Moya will celebrate working with his friend.

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