Nadal powered his way to a 3-0 lead in the second and consolidated the break easily, without even being pushed to deuce. It's true that after 2012 what happened with my knees has been tougher and tougher to compete on grass for me.
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova claimed their third consecutive grand slam doubles title with a convincing 6-2 6-1 victory over Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.
In the final, Puerta served for the fourth set while leading 5-4.
"I am very emotional". I think since the beginning of the year, you can see he's playing more aggressive, staying more close [to] the line.
After losing just his second match here against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals in 2015, Nadal was forced to pull out ahead of the third round previous year with a left wrist injury. Time and again, when Wawrinka did hit out, he missed, and when he didn't, Nadal was there to rip a victor after winner. "It's a great combination with all the team", said Nadal.
"You can't win them all", said Federer's father, Robert. - Nadal, during the trophy ceremony.
Rafael Nadal soaks in the crowd's applause after winning his 10th French Open title.
Wawrinka had been riding a 10-match winning streak before he ran into Nadal. It was the Swiss player's 17th unforced error.
He fought off four break points in the next game but was broken two games later and the set soon followed. "And because I am 31 already and not a kid any more".
Nadal was joined on the presentation by his uncle Toni, his coach since boyhood, who is stepping down at the end of the year.
Third seed Wawrinka arrived full of confidence as, at 32, he tried to become the oldest French Open victor since Andres Gimeno in 1972.
"The King of Clay" won French Open number nine and record fifth successive time in defeating rival Djokovic in four sets.
"For sure he's playing the best he's ever played", Wawrinka said. "In three weeks, I won Geneva and made final of a Grand Slam, so that's big for me". It always looked like it was going to be a Nadal match.
The Spaniard is struggling to hold back the tears, after beating Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.
Telling Words: "When I think of all that Rafael has done, I don't understand it".
After playing most of his career in his Swiss countryman Federer's considerable shadow, Wawrinka at 32, the oldest men's finalist in Paris since 1973 has blossomed lately.
After Wawrinka netted a backhand, Nadal threw himself onto the ground of the Philippe Chatrier Court with racquet away.
There is many, many, many good things.
Nadal's win-loss record at the French Open, which he won on debut in 2005, now stands at a staggering 79-2. I don't know if I will ever get to meet the player who will do better than I did.
After netting a forehand in the second set, Wawrinka pounded his racket on his head several times. He was on his way.
"It's really unbelievable, to win the 10th is incredible, and it's very special. I am sure he will do it in the future". Nadal withdrew before the third round with an injured left wrist. "It's really a joy and a privilege to watch him play this sport".
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