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Watch highlights of Rafael Nadal beating Stan Wawrinka to win his 10th Roland Garros title. Video courtesy Roland Garros. Getty Images photo.

Nadal Dominant In Winning 10th Roland Garros Title

Spaniard achieves history in Paris

With yet more history on the line, Rafael Nadal delivered perhaps his finest performance during a Roland Garros final on Sunday, pushing three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka off the court with blistering forehands to win his 10th Roland Garros title 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.

“La Décima” lifts Nadal to truly historic territory. He becomes the first man or woman in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a Grand Slam.

Most titles at the same Grand Slam tournament (men and women)

Player

Grand Slam Titles

Years

Margaret Court

Australian Open* 11

1960-66, 1969-71, 1973

Rafael Nadal

Roland Garros 10

2005-08, 2010-2014, 2017

Martina Navratilova

Wimbledon 9

1978-79, 1982-87, 1990

*Known as Australian Championships before 1969

He climbs to second place on the all-time Grand Slam titles list, separating himself from Pete Sampras in the standings. Nadal now sits only three Grand Slam titles away from matching his long-time rival Roger Federer.

Player

No. of Grand Slam titles

Roger Federer

18

Rafael Nadal

15

Pete Sampras

14

Novak Djokovic

12

Roy Emerson

12

Bjorn Borg

11

Rod Laver

11

Most impressively, Nadal, who turned 31 on 3 June, achieved it all with a historic fortnight. He sprinted through the Roland Garros field, not dropping a set en route to the Roland Garros title for the third time in his career – also 2008 and 2010.

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It was also nearly the best run at a Grand Slam since the Open Era began 49 years ago, in April 1968. Only Bjorn Borg during the 1978 Roland Garros dropped fewer games en route to a Grand Slam title.

Fewest games dropped in winning a Grand Slam title*

Bjorn Borg

32

1978 Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal

35

2017 Roland Garros

Bjorn Borg

38

1980 Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal

41

2008 Roland Garros

*Where all matches played were best-of-five-sets

“[It's] been magical, all the things that have happened in this tournament for me. I'm so very happy for everything,” Nadal said. “Today was a very important day for me. There have been some tough moments... injuries, so it's great to have big success like this again.”

Nadal will rise to No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since October 2014. He'll receive 2,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €2,100,000 in prize money. He also places himself in prime position to finish the season as year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since 2013.

Nadal's 53rd clay-court title caps a remarkable 12-month turnaround for the Spaniard. A year ago, he left Roland Garros in disappointment, having to retire from his third-round match against countryman Marcel Granollers because of a left wrist injury. Nadal then cut his 2016 season short to give himself more time to recuperate.

To state the obvious: The strategy has worked. Nadal has reached a tour-leading seven finals so far this season, starting the season with final runs at the Australian Open, the Abierto Mexicano Telcel and at the Miami Open presented by Itau. Nadal fell to Federer in two of the three title matches, but on the red dirt in Europe, the Spaniard has been nearly perfect.

He won 24 of the 25 matches he played on clay, winning his 10th Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and his 10th Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Nadal also celebrated his fifth Mutua Madrid Open title.

The Spaniard's only loss came in Rome to Austrian Dominic Thiem, a defeat he more than avenged during a routine semi-final victory at Roland Garros on Friday. Nadal is now 43-6 on the season and boasts a staggering 79-2 record at the clay-court Grand Slam.

Roland Garros

Champion

2017

Rafael Nadal

2016

Novak Djokovic

2015

Stan Wawrinka

2014

Rafael Nadal

2013

Rafael Nadal

2012

Rafael Nadal

2011

Rafael Nadal

2010

Rafael Nadal

2009

Roger Federer

2008

Rafael Nadal

2007

Rafael Nadal

2006

Rafael Nadal

2005

Rafael Nadal

Wawrinka reached the final, his second Roland Garros title match, in top form, having beaten World No. 1 Andy Murray in memorable five-set semi-final. The Swiss right-hander also had beaten Nadal the only other time they met during a Grand Slam final, the 2014 Australian Open title match.

But Wawrinka had no answer for Nadal in Paris. The Spaniard never let Wawrinka into the match, keeping the 2015 champion behind the baseline for much of the contest and hardly letting the powerful right-hander gain any momentum.

He's playing the best he's ever played. That's for sure. But not only here. I think since the beginning of the year, you can see he's playing more aggressive, staying more close to the line,” Wawrinka said. “That's why he's winning so much again.”

The Spaniard blasted 27 winners compared to 12 unforced errors and claimed more than half of his return points. Wawrinka will receive 1,200 Emirates ATP Rankings points and will climb to No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The 32-year-old Wawrinka also will receive €1,060,000 in prize money.

Most wins in 2017

Rafael Nadal

43-6

Dominic Thiem

34-13

David Goffin

31-12

Pablo Carreno Busta

27-14

Alexander Zverev

27-10

Stan Wawrinka

26-9

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