French Open final blog recap: How Rafael Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka to complete La Decima

Last Updated June 11 2017, 16:42Tennis
Nadal and Wawrinka
Nadal and Wawrinka

Re-live the French Open final between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka as the Spaniard triumphed at Roland Garros for the 10th time.

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By Tim Clement - get in touch @Tim_Clement_


1643: Nadal sobbed his heart out under the towel in his chair and his bottom lip wobbles away as he stands proudly to the Spanish national anthem. His country and indeed tennis has every reason to be proud of his heroics. An icon not just for his unprecedented achievements but also for the way he has battled back from injuries and confidence problems. Spare a thought for Wawrinka as well, who has lost his first Grand Slam final but was never really in with a chance against an opponent who gave him just 12 unforced errors. We now watch a video presentation of Rafa's 10 titles on the big screen. What a champion.

1630: Case closed, it was some time ago, this is the greatest male clay-court tennis player of all time. He's won it 10 times now and didn't even come close to losing a set this year. He's also up to second in the world and almost 3,000 points clear of Roger Federer in the 'Race to London' rankings. Rafa is back, maybe even back to his very best.

1624: And he does it in emphatic fashion, breaking for a third time to win the French Open title!

1622: Another easy hold for Nadal. I'm afraid to report that this is all but dead as a contest but should not be underappreciated in terms of the greatness of the Spaniard. He is the King of Clay and today he will reign again, with one more game needed to secure an unprecedented 10th title.

1617: Wawrinka might well be playing his best tennis of the match but it's still not enough, being dragged to three deuces as Nadal's level shows no sign of dropping. He then gains advantage with a beautiful passing shot and attempts to rally the crowd, but he also riles Nadal and comes out second best in another exchange. Wawrinka then errors to give the Spaniard break-point and all but match-point before going long. Nadal two sets and now two breaks to the good.

1606: A 0-30 advantage evaporates for Wawrinka as Nadal's forehand continues to dominate, but the Swiss does get the deuce with a booming forehand of his own. However, he errors twice and Nadal holds yet again.

1600: Wawrinka holds in less comfortable fashion. In imperative game if he is to have any change of launching a comeback, but he has not had a break-point since the third game of the match.

1558: This is getting tough to watch for Wawrinka fans as Nadal holds to love. He has now won 88 per cent of points on his first serve and 12/12 at the net. 

1552: Hopes of a comeback are fading fast as Nadal creates three break-points and he takes the second with yet another stunning inside-out forehand. Simply imperious.

1550: It was a far less error-strewn set from Wawrinka, with six unforced errors but Nadal made just three, while his eight winner were two more than the Swiss' tally. 

1547: Wawrinka is now a bigger price than when he started the tournament at 20/1 with Sky Bet, who rate Nadal at just 1/5 to wrap this up in three sets.


1545: Second set to Nadal and racket abuse warning for Wawrinka as he fails to penetrate the Spaniard's defence. An un returned first serve secures the two-set lead.

1540: Wawrinka's creative solutions are about as good as the host broadcasters, who keep showing us footage from a camera on its side. The underdog does hold to 30 though and Nadal will now serve for a two-set lead.

1535: The Swiss is trying to mix things up but to no greater success, being passed at the net and seeing a failed drop-shot swatted back past him as Nadal holds to love.

1532: Wawrinka looks on course for another comfortable hold at 40-15 and creams a cross-court backhand but Nadal is all over it and blasts the shot of the match down the line. The Swiss does hold though as Rafa nets.

1525: Wawrinka has a rare sniff at 15-30 but Rafa snuffs out the danger, constructing the more difficult angles and finding greater depth to draw more errors. 21 in total now for the 2015 champion compared to just nine from the Spaniard's racket.

1520: Just as I say that, Wawrinka comes roaring back with an aggressive string of shots to hold, although not without Nadal landing his own stunning winner.

1517: This match is suddenly running away from Wawrinka very quickly, with Nadal holding to 15 with a blistering inside-out forehand winner. The Swiss is out to 16/1 with Sky Bet to win from here.

1512: Both players have clear game plans but the King of Clay is simply executing his far better. He opens up three breaks points with more relentless hitting and breaks and Wawrinka crunches a forehand into the net. Rafa is rampant.

1509: The Swiss produces a first backhand winner and a sublime drop shot in the opening game for the second set but it's still not enough, with Nadal holding to 30.

1507: Wawrinka clearly needs to align his winners tally closer to his unforced errors if he is to win the second set. He made just four winners in that first set and not a single one from his backhand wing, compared to 18 unforced errors. Nadal's stats read 10 winners to eight unforced errors.

1501: Can Wawrinka fight back? The odds are even more stacked against him now, with Sky Bet giving the Swiss star a 9/1 chance, while they enhance the odds on a five-setter from 5/1 to 6/1 in their in-play Price Boosts.


1500: Brutal forehand hitting sees Nadal open up a set-point from 30-30 and Wawrinka's 17th unforced error hands the first set to the Spaniard.

1456: It's been a game of great tactics rather than great winners, but Nadal consolidates his break with a hold to 15 thanks to a sublime volley.

1452: The Swiss fails to get out of trouble this time, netting a backhand to give Nadal the break and a 4-2 lead.

1445: A more comfortable for Nadal despite a couple of winners from Wawrinka, with the Spaniard holding to 30 with a second ace.

1442: Big game! Wawrinka errors twice on his forehand to offer Nadal a break-point of his own but saves it with a pin-point serve out wide. He then breaks down the Spaniard's forehand but then nets a backhand. Pressure grows. Both then go long with forehands before Rafa opens up a second break-point with an inside-out forehand, but Wawrinka daws another error. But a third break-point comes up as Stan errors again but his power gets him out of trouble again. Nadal then pings a backhand winner cross-court but Wawrinka saves a fourth break-point with an unreturned serve. Nadal then fires two forehands long allowing Wawrinka to finally hold.

1430: Nadal saves the first break-point of the match by hitting through his opponent's backhand and then enjoys two unreturned serves to hold.

1424: Wawrinka responds with a comfortable hold of his own, finishing with a big inside-out forehand.

1421: Nadal opens with authority, drawing three errors from the Swiss and finishing the other point at the net. 

1418: Here we go...the players are in position and Nadal serves up the first game...

1415: So where is your money? Nadal is Sky Bet's clear favourite and 11/10 to win in straight-sets with Wawrinka up against odds of 7/2.

1412: The players are out and Nadal has won the toss and chosen to serve first. 

He was broken in the opening game by Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals but responded in the most emphatic nature, romping to a 6-3 6-4 6-0 victory.

Neither players had dropped a set heading into the semis but Wawrinka had a far tougher test, coming through in five sets against Andy Murray.

1410: Afternoon all! Welcome to our live coverage of the French Open final, as Wawrinka looks to deny Nadal an unprecedented 10th title here. 

The Swiss challenger trails 3-15 in the head-to-head but has won all three of his previous Grand Slam finals.

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