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Rafael Nadal Defeats Stan Wawrinka To Win The 2017 French Open

Rafael Nadal Defeats Stan Wawrinka To Win The 2017 French ( Roland Garros) Open

Rafael Nadal Wins the his 10th French (Roland Garros) Open trophy defeating Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 recording first time any man has achieved La Decima in any Grand Slam event having already managed this feat in Monte Carlo and Barcelona this year.

Before this great historical victory, the Spaniard suffered a three year grand slam drought coupled with a series of injuries and uneven results, but winning two majors in 2017, Nadal is an Aussie Open runner-up and a Roland Garros champ. 

For the third time in his career, Rafa did not drop a set en route to a Slam title, tying another all-time great dirt stalwart, Bjorn Borg, for the most such runs through a major championship, which now brings him closer to closing in on Roger Federer's record of 18 Grand Slams and dropping Pete Sampras with 14 grand slams.

"This tournament I have been playing great during the whole event since the beginning," Nadal said afterward. "So it's been, I think, a perfect Roland Garros for me. So it's not that I am playing more or less aggressive. I am [just] playing well. And when you play well, you have the chance to play more aggressive."

Nadal Praised His Team

"The team spirit has been very positive since the beginning," Nadal said. Great combination with Francis [Roig], Toni [Nadal] and Carlos [Moya]. ... We have been working a really good atmosphere and that really helps."

Talking About Wimbledon

"There has been a while since I don't play very good Wimbledon," Nadal said. "It's true that after 2012 what happened with my knees have been tougher and tougher to compete on grass for me. ... I love grass, everybody knows, and it's a surface that I really enjoyed a lot playing there. And I miss play with Wimbledon again. So I hope that my knees hold well and I can have the preparation that I really need."

About His 10th French Open Victory ( The La Decima)

"It has been very special to me, and it's true that it is unprecedented," Nadal said. "Trust me, I'm very happy that I'm the one who did it. I'm very happy."

Runner up Stan Wawrinka

"I think from the beginning from my side, for sure, I didn't play my best tennis," Wawrinka said. "I think I was a little bit hesitating with my selection of shots. I was always a little bit between [thoughts] for few reasons. One, because I play against him, and he puts this doubt in your head when you play against him because he's playing so well. And second, all the effort I have been doing last few weeks to get to my best level again, to get some confidence again, and to win all those matches, some tough matches."

"On clay he's just tough to play," Wawrinka said. "There is always one ball coming back. There is always spin on the ball. There is always a different bounce than what the other player makes on that surface. He creates a doubt that you cannot have if you want to beat him. And on clay especially, because the way he's moving, it's even more difficult."

"For sure he's playing the best he's ever played, not only here," Wawrinka said. "I think since the beginning of the year, you can see he's playing more aggressive, staying more close from the line. That's clearly his best he ever played. That's why he's winning so much again."

"Two weeks or three weeks ago, I was really down, not winning matches in Masters 1000, not playing my best tennis, a lot in doubt in my game when I was playing," Wawrinka said. "In three weeks, I won Geneva and made final of a Grand Slam, so that's big for me. 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."
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