Rafael Nadal achieves ‘La Decima’

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AN EMOTIONAL Rafael Nadal described his 10th French Open title as the perfect end to a perfect fortnight after he made history at Roland Garros on Sunday.

The Spaniard, 31, won 6-2 6-3 6-1 to secure ‘La Decima’ at Roland Garros, and his 15th major title.

Nadal, who won without dropping a set in the tournament for the third time, said he could not have imagined such success when he first won 12 years ago.

Victory against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland made him the first man to win any of the grand slam events 10 times.

“This has been, I think, a perfect 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.

Shown a montage of his 10 victories before the trophy presentation, a clearly moved Nadal, said the historic nature of the triumph added to his satisfaction. “It is true that this one is going to be one of the more special for the number, for what happened on the ceremony after the final, for so many things,” he said.

“And because I am 31 already and not a kid any more, today was a very important day for me.”

Nadal said when he first won the title in 2005 he would not have imagined he would still be playing in 2017,

“I didn’t really think I’d have such a long career and win so many tournaments.” He said, adding with a smile.

“In 2005, I thought in 2017 I’d be fishing on my boat in Mallorca.

“As I like to say, if I can do it, someone else can do it,” he said. “But you need the right circumstances, the right ingredients to win 10 French Open titles.

“I don’t know if I will ever get to meet the player who will do better than I did. It has been very special to me, and it’s true that it is unprecedented.

“Trust me, I’m very happy that I’m the one who did it. I’m very happy.”

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