Deflated Wawrinka says was too hesitant in French Open final

Stan Wawrinka breaks his racket during his finals match with Rafael Nadal

More importantly, the early exit for Novak Djokovic means Nadal knocks the Serb out of the top two for the first time in six years - and next in line is Murray's top spot.

35 - Nadal averaged just five games lost in his seven matches this year, three more than Bjorn Borg's record set in 1978.

Since winning his maiden title on his debut in 2005, Nadal has only failed to take home the trophy on three occasions - in 2009 when he lost to Robin Soderling, in 2015 when he was beaten by Novak Djokovic and past year when he had to pull out because of a wrist injury.

Wawrinka had been riding a 10-match winning streak before he ran into Nadal.

Nadal won for the 16th time in 19 meetings with Wawrinka, who insisted there was plenty to be positive about following his recent performances. He now trails only Roger Federer (18) for most career Grand Slams in men's tennis.

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

It threatened to get embarrassing for the Swiss when Nadal, his forehands now as venomous as a viper, raced into a 3-0 lead in the second set.

At other points in the match, Wawrinka was a little less appreciative - as when he smashed his racket in frustration after a lost point.

- The 32-year-old Wawrinka's unforced errors tally surged up to 20 during the first hour of play.

All the third seed could do was applaud. With it went his resolve as Nadal quickly wrapped up the second set.

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Things did not improve as Nadal broke serve again in the opening game of the third set.

Wawrinka will be the third oldest victor of the men's title if he succeeds against all the odds on Sunday.

After receiving the two trophies, the Spaniard spoke again.

Rafael Nadal has always 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.

“I am very emotional.

"I think from the beginning from my side, for sure, I didn't play my best tennis", Wawrinka added.

"There is no one in the world who can make you feel more inadequate than Rafa Nadal on this court", said NBC's Mary Carillo, describing Nadal's dominance. The feeling I have is impossible to describe.

Toni joined Nadal on stage during the presentation ceremony and gave him a replica of the Coupe des Mousquetaires to mark the occasion.

"He puts this doubt in your head when you play against him", Wawrinka said of Nadal. I'm going to have doubts even in a few days, because in tennis every week is a new story and that's part of the handsome thing of our sport.

"It has been a while since I played a good Wimbledon and after what happened with my knees in 2012 it has been tougher and tougher to compete on grass", he said.

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