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Nathaniel Diaz | 13 June, 2017, 11:34

Rafael Nadal had never lost a French Open final heading into his match with Stan Wawrinka on Sunday, and the Spaniard kept his streak alive, defeating Wawrinka in three sets to lift the French Open trophy once again.

With three major titles under his belt, Wawrinka is known for his aggressive backhand shots and has a flawless 3-0 record in Grand Slam finals. He couldn't bring himself to watch much of the rest of the 2016 French Open, he said, other than some doubles matches involving a good pal, and the singles final.

"This final to win La Decima for me is very, very special".

"It is the most important event in my career, to win again here is impossible to describe".

"From the beginning from my side, I didn't play my best tennis", Wawinka said.

"I try my best in all events, that's the real thing", Nadal said in remarks during the trophy ceremony. "For sure he's playing the best he's ever played, playing more aggressive, staying close to the [base] line".

Claycourt master Rafael Nadal was too hot to handle as he crushed Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 to claim a record-extending 10th French Open title on Sunday. Hard to compare to other places. "Five-set match, you know, it's going to be a really tough challenge when you play against him", said the Swiss. But the 2015 champion could not convert it and it proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.

Former top-ranked Andy Roddick has expressed his astonishment at Rafael Nadal's incredible run to his 10th French Open title.

Nadal defeated his opponent 6-2 6-3 6-1.

Wawrinka, who triumphed in Geneva in the buildup to the tournament, had also won a career-high 11 successive matches on clay.

Wawrinka held his first two service games but promptly ended the set on a four-game losing streak starting at 2-2. Even at 31 years of age, Nadal looks likely to add to his 15 slams in the coming seasons.

Nadal lost just 35 games across the fortnight as he swept to the title in familiar style, and concede just one solitary break point to Wawrinka in the final, which he duly defended. 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.

Rafael Nadal the victor then, with a tenth French Open crown in just 13 years as the tennis world now turns its collective attention to the grass-court season and Wimbledon.

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