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French Open 2017: Nadal Demolishes Wawrinka to Clinch 10th Title in Paris

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Updated: June 11, 2017, 9:26 PM IST
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French Open 2017: Nadal Demolishes Wawrinka to Clinch 10th Title in Paris
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Paris: Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal coasted to a record 10th French Open title on Sunday, destroying Stan Wawrinka in an one-sided final which also earned him a 15th Grand Slam crown.

The 31-year-old triumphed 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.

His collection of Slams now stands just three behind great rival Roger Federer, a staggering statistic coming just a year after he quit the tournament with a wrist injury.

This is the first time Nadal has won in Paris without dropping a set.

It was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal; just the fourth for Wawrinka, the oldest man in the championship match in 44 years.

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

French Open 2017, Rafael Nadal Vs Stan Wawrinka: As It Happened

Despite having spent more than five hours on court getting to the final, 2015 champion Wawrinka had the first break point in the third game.

Wawrinka couldn't take advantage of it and it proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.

From there, it was all downhill for the Swiss star.

Nadal was unable to convert four break points in the fourth game.

No matter as he broke through for 4-2 and then went to set point in the eighth game after a relentless forehand barrage sapped the will out of Wawrinka.

A backhand which sailed long gave Nadal the first set with the Spaniard having crunched 10 winners to Wawrinka's four while committing half the unforced errors.

Nadal forced Wawrinka into another forehand error to break for 2-0 in the second set before the Swiss halted a run of seven games lost with a hold for 1-3.

But the script remained the same, Nadal taking the set in the ninth game, just moments after Wawrinka, who knocked out world number one Andy Murray in the semis, had destroyed a racquet in utter frustration.

First game of the third set and Nadal broke again as the man who stunned him in the 2014 Australian Open final suffered further damage.

Nadal was soon a double break to the good for 4-1, held for 5-1 and then claimed a huge slice of history when Wawrinka limply dropped a backhand into the net.

First Published: June 11, 2017, 9:08 PM IST
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