Nothing goes right for Wawrinka in French Open loss to Nadal

Paris: Rafael Nadal paid tribute to his uncle and coach Toni Nadal after winning a record-extending 10th French Open title on Sunday.

Another one can now be added to the list - and it is one for the ages - after the Spaniard crushed Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 to become the first man to win the same grand slam on 10 occasions. "It's the most important event in my career without a doubt". "That's for sure. Not only here", Wawrinka said.

"An fantastic 10th title at Roland Garros for Rafael Nadal -that will never happen again".

Third seed Wawrinka, having beaten world number one Andy Murray with a majestic display of firepower in a gruelling semi-final, arrived full of hope as, at 32, he tried to become the oldest French Open victor since Andres Gimeno in 1972.

"This final to win La Decima for me is very, very special. But if I am healthy and I am able to have the right preparation and feel healthy during Wimbledon, then probably gonna have my chances to play well".

"If I can do it, someone else can do it". Nadal is just short of winning one more game at the French Open to claim a record of winning eleven titles at the single grand slam, a record which is now held by Margaret Court.

With temperatures topping 30 degrees centigrade on Philippe Chatrier court, there was nothing to choose between the two players in the opening four games - although Wawrinka was forced to survive four break points in the fourth game.

"For sure he's playing the best he's ever played".

"But not only here".

"He's playing the best he's ever played. That's why he's winning so much again".

"Thanks to my uncle, he's been with me since I was three years old, we've been working a lot and without him I would not have these 10 trophies with me", Nadal said at courtside after being handed the Musketeers Cup by two-time Roland Garros champion Roy Emerson.

"Four games he dropped at most - in any set in any match".

The Spaniard won 60% of his points in under four strokes, 72% of his first-serve points and a stunning 74% behind his second serve.

Spain's Rafael Nadal poses with the men's victor cup after the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Paris.

But with only 48% of points won on his first serve, Wawrinka's consistency was lacking and his frustration was growing.

"You guys have done a great job and you're an awesome team", the 32-year-old said.

World No. three Wawrinka, has three Grand Slam titles to his credit including a French Open crown.

Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon nine times, while Federer and Pete Sampras are among Nadal's closest male challengers with seven victories in SW19.

He is also one of the only two players in the history (the other one being Mats Wilander) who has won at least two Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces (hard court, grass, and clay).

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