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A look at all 10 of Rafael Nadal's French Open finals

12 June 2017, 02:41 | Stacy Ballard

A look at all 10 of Rafael Nadal's French Open finals

Spain's Rafael Nadal right holds the trophy as he celebrates winning his tenth French Open title against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka left in three sets 6-2 6-3 6-1 during their men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament

Nadal demolised Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in Sunday's final to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.

Rewinding the clock to the days when he was untouchable on the crushed brick dust, the 31-year-old turned 2015 champion Wawrinka into a human punchbag, winning in just over two hours.

He has been present in the player box for each of his nephew's 10 victories in Paris, but will retire from life on the Tour at the end of 2017 to run Nadal's academy in Majorca. The Swedish tennis great Bjorn Borg holds the record from the 1978 French Open when he only lost 32 games en route to winning the title.

15 - Victory sent Nadal clear of Pete Sampras' haul of 14 grand slam triumphs, with the Spaniard also having won the US Open and Wimbledon twice each and the Australian Open once. And Roger Federer is a very happy man that he didn't come to the French because his confidence has not been dented. Nadal scored 27 winners as compared to Wawrinka's 19.

When asked if he felt confident of replicating his French Open success at Wimbledon, Nadal said: "There has been a while since I played a very good Wimbledon".

Switching to English, Nadal continued: "The feeling I have here is impossible to describe". Nadal has won a total of 15 Grand Slam titles, including one Australian Open and two each Wimbledon and the US Open.

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"For sure he's playing the best he's ever played". "It's true that when he hits hard, he hits really hard", Nadal said, looking ahead to Sunday's final. "It's a tough loss. But I knew that I had been playing too good in the tournament to play a bad final". After Nadal's victory, they unfurled a No. 10 banner in the stands high above Court Philippe Chatrier and had a No. 10 painted on the podium.

Sunday was also the first time since 1969 that the Roland Garros final had featured two men over 30.

Here's a look at some stats that show why Nadal is such an invincible figure at French Open, the tournament he clearly cherishes the most. Nadal comfortably overcame Andy Murray in the semi-finals and fought from a set down to beat Djokovic 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 in the final, but it would be, by his own stunning standards, a long wait for his next taste of grand slam glory. Nadal fell flat on his back in jubilation. Even when he was stretched the response was emphatic, one astonishing forehand, whipped from close to the front row of seats to land in the corner, drawing gasps from the crowd and applause from Wawrinka. In his 39 matches, the Spaniard lost only 10 sets.

The King of clay absolutely destroyed the Swiss in shortly over two hours winning it 6-2 6-3 6-1.

Cape Town - Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has congratulated Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard won his 10th French Open title at Roland Garros.



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