Rafael Nadal etched his name in the history books Sunday, defeating defending US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, to capture his 10th men's singles title at the French Open and his 15th Grand Slam title overall.
Here’s a little more on the future Hall-of-Famer from Manacor, Mallorca, Spain:
The Rafael Nadal File
Residence: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
Current Rank: 4
Career-High Rank: 1 (August 2008)
Best US Open Finish: W (2010, 2013)
- With his victory Sunday, Nadal passes Pete Sampras for second on the all-time Grand Slam titles list. At age 31, he is the oldest player in history to claim his 15th major title and is now just three behind Roger Federer, who has won 18.
- Nadal is one of three men (Bill Tilden, US Open; Roger Federer, Wimbledon) to make 10 appearances in the final of one Grand Slam tournament. He is the first man and only the second player in tennis history (Margaret Court, Australian Open) to win 10 titles at a major event.
- It was a dominant two-week run to the title for the Spanish great. Nadal did not drop a set and lost only 35 games total in the tournament, second only to Bjorn Borg, who lost just 32 games en route to the 1978 Roland Garros title. His longest match of the tournament was in the semifinals – a two-hour, seven-minute, 6-3, 6-4, 6-0, victory over Dominic Thiem.
- Nadal now owns a 79-2 career record at Roland Garros. He won his first title in Paris at age 18 in 2005 and added trophies in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017.
- Rafa holds a 16-3 head-to-head record against the Swiss No. 3 Wawrinka, including a 6-1 mark on clay and a 3-1 record at the majors.
- Nadal, who ends a three-year drought since he won his last Grand Slam title in 2014 at Roland Garros, will move up to No. 2 in the world when the new ATP rankings are released Monday. He has won 73 singles titles to date in his career.
They Said It!
“The feeling that I have here is impossible to describe. It is difficult to compare to another place. For me, the nerves, the adrenaline that I feel when I play in this court, is impossible to compare to another feeling. For me, it's the most important event of my career, without a doubt, so to win again here is something that I cannot describe.” – Nadal to the French Open crowd, after claiming his 10th career French Open title