Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Nadal wins, Ostapenko claims first Grand Slam title

Nadal wins, Ostapenko claims first Grand Slam title

Wawrinka won their previous grand slam final meeting at the 2014 Australian Open, but Nadal, after a three-year wait for his 10th taste of glory at Roland Garros, was not to be stopped this time.

Sunday's win is Nadal's 15th career grand slam title to tie him with second-placed Pete Sampras on the all-time men's tennis leader board.

"This has been, I think, a flawless Roland Garros for me", said Nadal, who dropped just 35 games in total on his way to a 15th grand slam title but his first for three years. "He's the best player ever on clay", said Wawrinka, who beat Novak Djokovic for the title at the 2015 French Open.

"For me the nerves, the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court is impossible to compare to any other feeling".

"But the thing that I am more proud of in my career probably is 2013". In the women's series, Martina Navratilova's 9 titles at WImbledon from 1978 to 1990 and Margaret Court's 11 grand slam titles in the Australian Open are the current records for the sport.

However, that proved useless to Wawrinka as his Spanish opponent went through the second set 6-3 in 44 minutes.

Three years on and there is little doubt Wawrinka truly believes he belongs alongside the best and that when the stakes are highest, he brings it all to court.

For half an hour today, Wawrinka had been able to make a game of it over five keenly-contested games that hinted that we were in for an epic.

Nadal wins, Ostapenko claims first Grand Slam title
Nadal wins, Ostapenko claims first Grand Slam title

The second game of the second set exemplified the sublime form Nadal was in.

Nadal now holds a 16-3 edge over the 32-year-old Wawrinka in head-to-head meetings-including 6-1 on clay-and made it 10-for-10 in French Open finals. Wawrinka suffered his first defeat in four Slam finals and simply conceded he was no match for Nadal.

Switching to English, Nadal continued: "The feeling I have here is impossible to describe".

Afterward, Nadal said about Djokovic: "He deserves to win this tournament".

Spain's Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy after the French Open final against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka.

Nadal led their head-to-head record at 15-3 against Wawrinka, also owning an advantage of 6-1 on clay.

He leaked only 35 games - prompting former world number one Andy Roddick to quip on Twitter: "He lost 35 games in the entire tournament".

Nadal, whose career record at Roland Garros reads 79 wins and just two losses, was joined on the presentation by his uncle Toni, his coach since boyhood. For sure this score wasn't good, the match wasn't good, but at the end of the day there's a lot of positives to take from the last few weeks.' If you look at Roland Garros over the last two weeks, the tennis you have played, including beating the World's No. After the match, he explained just how important this win was to him.

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