Rafa Nadal does it again and becomes legend
Rafa Nadal is going down in history as the first man or woman in the Open era to have won a Grand Slam tournament ten times. On Sunday, he made history winning a record tenth French Open title with victory over Stan Wawrinka in the Paris final.
After the match, the ‘King of Clay’ was honoured by the authorities and the spectators in Paris. Toni Nadal, his uncle and coach, gave him a replica of the Coupe des Mousquetaires bearing his name – the first time a player gets a dedicated replica of the Roland Garros trophy. Meanwhile, the screens in Court Philippe Chatrier showed the ten match points Rafa won for his ten tournaments as the 15,000 spectators in the court celebrated in a standing ovation.
Before the match, French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli had announced that Nadal would have his own statue in Roland Garros, in recognition of the major role he has played in the development of the tournament over the past two decades.
In pole position to secure No. 1
Rafa’s performance in Paris was outstanding: he won the whole tournament in straight sets, as in 2008 and 2011, showing he is ready again to fight for year-end No. 1.
Winning the French Open (his 15th Grand Slam title), he climbed to No. 2 in the ATP ranking, where he stood ninth at the beginning of the year. He is behind UK’s Andy Murray and above his Roland Garros final rival, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka.