Stan Wawrinka: 'Rafael Nadal is playing his best tennis ever'

  • Stan Wawrinka: 'Rafael Nadal is playing his best tennis ever'

Stan Wawrinka: 'Rafael Nadal is playing his best tennis ever'

102 - Nadal is 102-2 in best-of-five-set matches on clay with his only losses coming to Robert Soderling in 2009 and Djokovic in 2015. Nadal improved to 79-2 lifetime at Roland Garros and lifted the trophy for the first time since 2014 after disposing of Wawrinka in just two hours and five minutes. "It's the most important event in my career, so to win here is something I can not describe", Nadal said after his win.

A 10th singles title at the clay-court Grand Slam represents a professional era record - no player has won more singles titles at the same major event as the 31-year-old. "We saw how he has been playing since the beginning of the season - fit, aggressive, his level has been incredible", said Wawrinka, who had lost to Nadal on the same court in the 2013 quarter-finals.

With the victory, Nadal now has 15 Grand Slam titles, one more than Pete Sampras and behind only rival Roger Federer on the all-time list.

A year ago in Paris, Nadal withdrew before the third round, making the announcement while wearing a blue brace on his left wrist and resignation of his face.

The sun is shining, there is barely a trace of cloud in the sky and the temperature is about 85 degrees (30 Celsius) as Sunday's title match approaches.

The four points Nadal won, included two forced errors from Wawrinka and a blistering forehand victor.

It is the most singles titles one person has won at a Grand Slam. "Nothing to say about today", he said at courtside."You're a big example, what you do tennis, in sport is unbelievable", he told the Spaniard.

"I never agreed with people who said Rafa should stop working with Toni (Nadal), but having his friend Carlos there and Francisco Roig means that they talk to Toni and give some new ideas and then Rafa trusts the plan".

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

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

Nadal was given a time violation warning at the start of the second, but Wawrinka could not halt his charge as the Spaniard bounded into a 3-0 lead in the second. 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. After the match, he explained just how important this win was to him.

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka carries the racket he just broke as he plays Spain's Rafael Nadal during their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Paris.

- Nadal is yet to drop a set at Roland Garros this year.

"I will have to play my best tennis". Reaching the final here, despite the obvious disappointment of losing, was a major step forward, as he moves up to No. 3 in the rankings.