Rafael Nadal has described winning a 10th French Open title as an ‘incredible’ achievement.
The Spaniard was at his imperious best as he eased to a 6-2 6-3 6-1 success against Stan Wawrinka during Sunday’s final in Paris to further underline his dominance on clay.
The 31-year-old has now won 79 of his 81 matches at Roland Garros, a run that includes nine titles in 10 years between 2005 and 2014, but he admits his 10th success takes on extra significance.
“It’s really incredible. To win La Decima is very, very special,” said Nadal. “The feeling I have here is impossible to describe.
The nerves, the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court, it is impossible to compare. “It is the most important event in my career, to win again here is impossible to describe.”
Nadal went through the entire tournament without dropping a set and he has now moved back up to number two in the world rankings, overtaking Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic ahead of next month’s Wimbledon Championships.
The 15-time major winner is less productive on grass, having won just twice at SW19 in 2008 and 2010, but he is priced at 6.50 to make it a hat-trick of titles at this year’s tournament.
Nadal’s last success in a grass court event came at the Stuttgart Open in 2015, while he has not made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon since reaching the final in 2011.