Rafael Nadal has long been known as the "King of Clay," and no performance exemplified that more than his dominant victory over Stan Wawrinka on Sunday in the French Open final.
The Spaniard beat Wawrinka in straight sets -- 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 -- to win an unprecedented 10th French Open title, "La Decima."
With his latest championship at Roland Garros, Nadal became the first man in tennis' Open Era to win the same Grand Slam event 10 times. He's won 79 of his 81 career French Open matches, and extended his career record to 102-2 in best-of-five matches on clay courts.
"I try my best in all events, that's the real thing," Nadal said, according to the New York Times. "But the feeling I have here is impossible to describe and difficult to compare to another place. For me the nerves, the adrenaline that I feel when I play in this court is impossible to compare to another feeling. Just for me it's the most important event in my career without a doubt."
Nadal's ascendency to his 10th French Open title was never in doubt after the first serve of the match. He never trailed, and took the first set in just 40 minutes.
He then opened up a 3-0 lead to begin the second set. Although Wawrinka was able to fight back some, Nadal was too much for him and quashed any chance of a comeback by taking the second set 6-3. It was obvious Wawrinka knew any outside shot he had at an upset was fading when he snapped a racket on his knee following the second set loss.
Wawrinka breaks his racket as Nadal takes the second set 6-3. La Decima is on for Rafa. pic.twitter.com/xnPuC7k69l- ITV Sport (@ITVSport) June 11, 2017
Nadal now holds 15 career Grand Slam titles, surpassing Pete Sampras' 14. He now trails only Roger Federer (18) for most career Grand Slams in men's tennis.
As always at Roland Garros, Nadal stood head and shoulders above his competition. For the third time in his career, Nadal didn't lose a set at the French. He lost only 35 games throughout the entire tournament, the second-lowest ever by a Grand Slam champion in the Open Era. Bjorn Borg lost 32 at the 1978 French Open. Nadal also matched another marker set by Borg in 1980 by never losing more than four games in any set.
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