Stan Wawrinka said Rafael Nadal was back at the peak of his powers after storming to an incredible 10th French Open title yesterday. As the 2017 edition at Roland Garros began, Nadal's drought without a Grand Slam title was stretching to three full years.
A brief lull as the court staff watered down the red dust failed to extinguish Nadal's fire and, despite Wawrinka's best efforts to extend the contest, the final set was little more than a coronation for Paris's favorite Spaniard. "That's for sure. But I will need few days to really see that, because it's tough to describe the feeling of losing a Grand Slam final".
Its hard to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, its like no other place..
1 - Nadal's 6-0 6-1 6-0 victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili in round three was the first time he has only lost one game in a match at Roland Garros.
35 - Nadal averaged just five games lost in his seven matches this year, three more than Bjorn Borg's record set in 1978.
As well as bringing the Spaniard "La Decima" - his 10th triumph in Paris - it was also Nadal's 15th grand slam overall, putting him outright second on the all-time list behind rival Roger Federer, who has 18.
This season he has returned undeniably to the fore: dropping weight and recovering all the sting in his fearsome forehand.
"From the beginning from my side, I didn't play my best tennis", Wawinka said. After holding his serve in the first game, Nadal broke Wawrinka's serve to love in the next. The problem against Nadal, Wawrinka said, was more mental.
The second game of the second set exemplified the sublime form Nadal was in. But a five-set semifinal win Friday over No. 1-ranked Andy Murray must have taken something out of the 32-year-old from Switzerland, the oldest French Open finalist since 1973.
Defeat by Austria's Dominic Thiem in Rome was a minor blip as Nadal went on to enjoy total domination at Roland Garros, emulating his 2008 and 2010 titles when he did not drop a set. He never trailed, and took the first set in just 40 minutes.
Nadal was irresistible nearly from the off on Sunday, showing the kind of form that had seen him breeze through to the final while dropping just 29 games.
Nadal's win-loss record at the French Open, which he won on debut in 2005, now stands at a staggering 79-2.
The now 31-year-old Spanish sniper had, at one time, been a promising soccer player before opting for a career on the tennis court. This match was much closer than the score suggests, as Wawrinka did a very good job keeping up with the best clay court player of all time.style="text-align: center;"