People

Rafael Nadal Makes History at the French Open

Rafael Nadal Makes History at the French Open”

Or hit your head with it.

His uncle, Toni Nadal, was crying when interviewed on French television and struggled to answer questions due to emotion, wiping his eyes with his hands before composing himself. So it has been, I think, a ideal Roland Garros for me. I was always a little bit between [thoughts].

- The 21-year-old Nadal became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win three successive titles at Roland Garros.

Given Nadal's play in the tournament, his rise to this 10th title seemed nearly expected.

"This is the most important event in my career".

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

The Spaniard won the title for the loss of just 35 games throughout the competition.

"I think from the beginning from my side, for sure, I didn't play my best tennis", Wawrinka said.

It is a first grand slam final defeat for the Swiss, who won the Australian Open in 2014, here two years ago and the US Open last summer. But when they stepped out on Court Philippe Chatrier on a blisteringly hot Sunday, Wawrinka could not find the clarity he needed.

Indeed. Good as ever. I played well during both weeks and from the start of the season. I was trying to do something different.

"There is not much to talk about the match". Telling Words: "For the first time, I cried after winning a match". But it a special feeling that I have in Paris, it's impossible to describe.

Nadal won for the 16th time in 19 meetings with Wawrinka, who insisted there was plenty to be positive about following his recent performances. Everyone will now look forward to grass courts and, of course, Wimbledon.

The victory is particularly sweet for Nadal, who has overcome wrist and knee injuries over the past few years.

There is many, many, many good things. "There was a lot in doubt in my game", he added.

Wawrinka was trying to win his second Roland Garros title in three years but was blown away.

But Nadal's 10th title at Roland Garros is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the incredible nature of his success.

Wawrinka fought back from 2-1 down to Sir Andy Murray in the semi-final but had no answer to Nadal, who broke twice more in the third to claim title No10 with a straight-sets win.

Rafael Nadal has been given a replica of the French Open trophy to mark his 10 titles at Roland Garros.

Nadal, 31, came through 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 against the Swiss third seed to claim his 15th major title. He's won 79 of his 81 career French Open matches, and extended his career record to 102-2 in best-of-five matches on clay courts. Nadal held serve fine, and then he scored the first break of the match with a dominant forehand return game.



Like this

Latest




Recommended