Deflated Wawrinka says he was too hesitant in French Open final

The world's rankings may have had Stan Wawrinka a notch ahead of Rafael Nadal, but the French Open at Roland Garros is the Spaniard's playground, and Nadal had little trouble winning his 10th championship on the famed clay court as fans chanted, "Rafa!". And considering Nadal's 23-14 record over him, including a 9-3 record in Grand Slam matches, one could argue Nadal is better than him.

"It's really incredible. To win La Decima is very, very special", said Nadal.

"It's the most important tournament in my career and to win again is something I can't describe".

"For me the nerves, the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court is impossible to compare to any other feeling". I'm very emotional - and in this moment it's even worse. "For sure he's playing the best he's ever played, playing more aggressive, staying close to the [base] line".

Rafael Nadal made history in Paris on Sunday afternoon as he won his tenth Roland Garros title with a straight-sets victory over Stan Wawrinka.

He is standing on the second spot behind Swiss icon Roger Federer. Hard to compare to other places. It always looked like it was going to be a Nadal match.

"Wawrinka is a very unsafe opponent, so my mentality was that I can not give him the chance to be back on the match", he added.

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The 32-year-old couldn't take it and it proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.

█ There is nothing to say-.you were too good.

Wawrinka was flat, striking not a single victor off his glorious single-handed backhand in the first set, and with less than an hour on the clock his task already looked forlorn.

The clay-court master won 6-2 6-3 6-1 to win his 15th overall Grand Slam, significantly his first since a series of debilitating knee injuries threatened to prematurely end his career throughout 2014 and 2015.

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. Nadal raced to a 3-0 lead in no time before Wawrinka broke back to make it 3-1.

Nadal was unable to convert four break points in the fourth game. Nadal lost a grand total of 35 games throughout the tournament, the second fewest by any man at any major in the best-of-five-set Open Era (six 1968). But the 31-year-old King of Clay absolutely dominated this year's event, cruising through seven matches without dropping a single set.

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