Nadal ClimbsTo No 2

Rosalie Stanley
June 12, 2017

But numbers aside, there were other reasons for Nadal to be emotional after his most recent victory.

After a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 tour de force against Stan Wawrinka in the final at Roland Garros on Sunday, capping two weeks of almost flawless tennis on red clay - zero sets conceded; only 35 games dropped in seven matches - Nadal was asked whether he would rate himself as highly as ever right now.

Call it a ideal 10.

Nadal hit surely the shot of the tournament in the sixth game, taking a fine Wawrinka backhand and lashing it down the line without even looking. "Have been magical all the things that happened in this tournament for me". And Roger Federer is a very happy man that he didn't come to the French because his confidence has not been dented.

"I have doubts today, I had doubts in the last three years, I will have doubts in a few days".

Federer has won the last major of the year five times, but not since 2008.

Rafael Nadal celebrates his 10th French Open title with three quarters of a million dollars on his wrist.

Nadal, however, remains focused on the present rather than speculate about the rest of the season.

Wawrinka had to be aggressive but he was making far too many unforced errors - 17 in the first set alone.

Nadal was joined on the presentation by his uncle Toni, his coach since boyhood, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

He said: "This tournament has been very special to me, and it's true that it is unprecedented". But sometimes these moments change everything, no?

He fought off four break points in the next game but was broken two games later and the set soon followed. Then starts the match to become a little bit more normal match, no?

"It's the last for me as a coach but I hope I can see my nephew playing many more times here". "So was a lot of nerves out there". The Spaniard is confident that he can achieve the number one ranking if he continues his current form, but is keen to first enjoy his 10 Roland Garros success before setting goals for the remainder of the campaign.

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The Spaniard won 60% of his points in under four strokes, 72% of his first-serve points and a stunning 74% behind his second serve.

Now Nadal has won another French Open, closing the gap with Federer in the standings for career Grand Slam singles titles.

"I've always loved what I'm doing".

"If I feel healthy during Wimbledon, then probably I'm going to have my chances to play well". "I didn't really think I'd have such a long career and win so many tournaments".

"He's playing the best he's ever played".

4 claimed an incredible 10th French Open title with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Wawrinka in a match that lasted for two hours.

He is back within three Grand Slam titles of Roger Federer - both clearly have the power to add to their tally - and the world number one position could be his by the end of Wimbledon.

"He's playing the best he's ever played". That's for sure. But not only here. "I am not an arrogant person", he said after the win.

Seven matches, 35 games and not one player was even able to get to 5-all against the King.

"Rafa, this is one of the most lovely exploits in the history of sport", Fabrice Santoro, the former French star turned French Open interviewer, said as he approached Nadal on the court just after his quest for a 10th title-La Decima, in his native Spanish-became a reality.

French Open runner-up Simona Halep moved from No. 4 to No. 2.

What more history will await next year?

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