Rafael Nadal wins historic 10th French Open title

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He is the only player in the open era to win a Grand Slam for 10 times.

At 31 years and 8 days, Nadal, only surrendering 35 games in seven matches at Roland Garros this year, also became the oldest player in history to win 15 Grand Slam titles.

He claimed a second break moments later to take the first set, and there already seemed no way back for the Swiss, who was in search of a second French Open title and fourth Grand Slam.

10 - The Spaniard's French Open haul puts him three clear of the competition's second most prolific victor - Borg won the Coupe des Mousqetaires six times between 1974 and 1981.

Nadal is no longer the 19-year-old who won the French Open in his debut in 2005, wearing long white pirate shorts, his flowing locks wrapped by a white headband, his sleeveless shirt revealing bulging biceps.

Spanish NBA veteran Pau Gasol believes Rafael Nadal's unprecedented 10 Roland Garros title wins is on par with some of the greatest achievements in all of sport.

It worked in Wawrinka's favor (as did his opponent's bad back at the time) when he beat Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open final.

"Wawrinka has only beaten Nadal once on clay in six meetings". I just won the most important event of the year for me, so that's the only thing that matters today.

I'm very happy with my team, with Magnus [Norman], with Pierre [Paganini], Yannick [Fattebert]. "It's something tough to describe when you just say you won 10 French Opens", he said. The victory also ended a three-year drought of major titles for Nadal, who won his ninth French Open title in 2014. But it a special feeling that I have in Paris, it's impossible to describe.

The least number of games dropped by Nadal in his 10 title runs in Paris, although one of those wins was a 6-2, 2-0 (retired) match against compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta. Facing a trio of set points, Nadal showed the mettle and shots that would become so familiar, saving all three and not dropping another game for his first major championship.

"On paper, when you look at the scores, it all seems fairly easy", Nadal said. Nadal powered his way to a 3-0 lead in the second and consolidated the break easily, without even being pushed to deuce.

Nothing could extinguish Nadal's fire though and he surged two breaks ahead in the third set despite the best efforts of Wawrinka to try and extend the contest. "You were too good". Thereafter it was all one-way as Nadal won five straight games and set 6-2.

"For sure he's playing the best he's ever played, not only here", Wawrinka said.

Wawrinka - with a seemingly smile of resignation on his face - implored the crowd to get behind him when he delicately sent a chipped backhand past Nadal in the fifth game of the third.

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