Nadal up to No.2; Djokovic slides to No.4

Beth Cruz
June 13, 2017

Nadal's victory made him the first man in the Open Era to win the same grand slam on 10 separate occasions, enhancing his right to the nickname of "King of Clay".

Everything Wawrinka tried was returned to him with interest, not that the 32-year-old ever stopped fighting.

"For me, 10 is unbelievable", he said.

To celebrate the tennis great's latest achievement, Nike unveiled a limited-edition shoe today.

But for Rafael Nadal, plagued by injuries and forced out of tennis's limelight over the past few seasons, Sunday's victory at Roland Garros was "unique". "It's impossible to compare it to another place", Nadal said. I am happy. I am enjoying every week, and I want to continue. "I think I'm more risky when I mix my game with good services, volleys and strong play from the base line".

In the Emirates ATP rankings released Monday, Wawrinka remains No 3, while Novak Djokovic moved two notches down to No 4.

Unstintingly humble, Nadal is not so sure.

There was a Spanish boy who once dreamed of winning just one French Open title.

"There is many things I can talk about the game, about what I did, about what he was doing, that I should have done or tried differently, but in the end of the day, I think it's quite clear the score", Wawrinka said.

The pair have contested some of the most memorable finals of the modern era, establishing themselves as not just the two greatest players of their generation, but of all time.

Nadal identified the combination of improvements to his backhand and regaining strength in his top-spin heavy forehand as the key to his recent revival.

Roger Federer, the man who leads the all-time men's major title list, hadn't won a Grand Slam event in five years until he took out Nadal in five sets at the Australian Open in January to win his 18th major title.

Nadal was sidelined for seven months between 2012 and 2013 because of the knee injury and a stomach virus.

Nadal, after claiming the historic win, could not hold back his emotions as he described his joy during the aftermath of the emphatic result. He also reached the final there three other times. It is hard to compare this tournament to any other. The only thing that I know is I am playing well now. "If that happens, why not?"

"If I have pain in my knees, then I know it's nearly impossible".

He said: "There has been a little while since I played a very good Wimbledon". The way in which he shut out Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in the final was more an execution than tennis competition.

A reporter wanted to know whether, during that time, Nadal harbored any doubts about returning to the heights of his sport.

World number four Rafael Nadal outshone Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka in the French Open final, thereby registering his name into the record books for winning the tournament for a record 10th time. "Back then, of course, I couldn't think even for a second that this would ever happen to me".

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