French Open 2017, men's final highlights: Rafael Nadal defeats Stan Wawrinka to win 10th title

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French Open 2017, men's final highlights: Rafael Nadal defeats Stan Wawrinka to win 10th title
  • 22:16 (IST)

    And that's a wrap from our end! Thank you so much for following along through a wonderful tournament at Roland Garros. 

    We look forward to seeing you again during Wimbledon!

    Au voir. :) 

  • 22:06 (IST)

    So, French Open 2017 comes to an end. 

    Here's a list of all the winners:

    Men's singles champion - Rafael Nadal

    Women's singles champion - Jelena Ostapenko 

    Men's doubles champions - Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus

    Women's doubles champions - Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands

    Mixed doubles champions - Gabriela Dabrowski and Rohan Bopanna

    Boys' single champion - Alexei Popyrin

    ​Girls' singles champion - Whitney Osuigwe

    ​Boys' doubles champions - Nicola Kuhn and Zsombor Piros

    Girls' doubles champions - Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine

  • 21:56 (IST)

    Here's our image of the day! Nadal loves this trophy, doesn't he?

  • 21:48 (IST)

    Ten is Rafa! We'll let Nike have the final word on this record-setting win. 

  • 21:38 (IST)

    Grand Slam #15 for Rafael Nadal!

    This Grand Slam title win also means that Nadal moves ahead of Pete Smapras at 14. Roger Federer still leading with 18 major trophies.

  • 21:36 (IST)

    Rafael Nadal during the trophy presentation ceremony: "It’s really unbelievable, to win the 10th is incredible, it’s very special. I’d like to thank all of you today. I’m very emotional. I try my best in all the events but the feeling I have here is impossible to describe. For me, the nerves, the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court is impossible to compare. It’s the most important event in my career, so to win here is something I cannot describe.”

  • 21:34 (IST)

    What a dominant tournament by Rafael Nadal!

    The Spaniard did not lose a set on his way to the title and only dropped 35 games over seven matches. This is the least mount of games he's ever lost to clinch a major trophy. 

  • 21:32 (IST)

    Perfection on clay!

  • 21:30 (IST)

  • 21:29 (IST)

    The King of Clay has reclaimed his throne!

  • 21:26 (IST)

    Nadal quite emotional after the record win!

    Rafael Nadal is clearly emotional as he waits to lift his record 10th French Open trophy.

    The Spaniard is struggling to hold back the tears, after beating Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.

    His uncle, Toni Nadal, was crying when interviewed on French television and struggled to answer questions due to emotion, wiping his eyes with his hands before composing himself.

    "After a few years with many problems he came back here with a lot of courage," Toni Nadal said in French.

  • 21:03 (IST)

    Rafael Nadal completes La Decima with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win over Stan Wawrinka in just over two hours.

  • 21:02 (IST)

    Nadal holds and breaks to win the 3rd set 6-1.

    Wawrinka was serving to stay in the final, but he’s under immediate pressure and goes down 0-30. Wawrinka cracking a forehand long.

    Wawrinka punches a forehand down the line for 15-30, but Nadal earns two championship points with a superb backhand.

    Nadal misses a forehand down the line by a whisker on his first match point.

    He loops a deep forehand to Wawrinka, who’s caught completely out of position, forcing him to try a weird volley from the middle of nowhere.

    Rafael Nadal wins his 10th French Open title.

  • 20:51 (IST)

    This was unfortunate from Wawrinka.

  • 20:50 (IST)

    Nadal breaks for a 4-1 lead.

    ​Nadal misses a volley after Wawrinka just about manages to get the ball over the net and it's game point for the Swiss player. 

    Nadal slams a forehand return straight down the line and makes it deuce again. 

    Wawrinka wins the next point with a smash at the net to a short return by Nadal. Game point. 

    It's back to deuce as Nadal comes up another winner. Unrelentless from the Spaniard.  

    Wawrinka wins a great point at the net with a backhand slice, asks for the crowd support before serving again. Advantage, Wawrinka.

    We are back to deuce after Wawrinka dumps a smash into the net. And then Nadal breaks for a 4-1 lead. 

    Two games away La Decima.

  • 20:38 (IST)

    Nadal holds for 3-1.

    Wawrinka gets to 0-30 on Nadal's serve and Nadal comes up with a ridiculous forehand cross-court that spins away from the Swiss man. 15-30,

    Wawrinka overcooks his forehand on the next point and it's 30-30. 

    Nadal hammers a forehand up the line to set up game point. 

    Wawrinka steps up and fires a forehand down the line of his own to make it deuce.

    Nadal hits a serve that clips the lien and Wawrinka can't control his return. Advantage and game point, Nadal. And then he holds.  

  • 20:32 (IST)

    Wawrinka holds for 1-2. 

    The Swiss player could have fallen even further behind but he manages to stay close with a tough hold. Nadal was 30-30 and threatening to break in this service game as well. But Wawrinka comes up with two massive forehands and makes it 1-2. 

  • 20:27 (IST)

    Nadal leads by 2-sets-to-love and 2-0 in the 3rd set.

    It's all one-way traffic in this match now. Nadal breaks and then quickly holds for a 2-0 lead in the 3rd set. 

    Wawrinka looking more lost and dejected by the game. 

  • 20:26 (IST)

    Time to look at the stats from the second set!

  • 20:23 (IST)

    After an hour and 21 minutes, Rafael Nadal leads 6-2, 6-3 in the French Open final against Stan Wawrinka.

  • 20:20 (IST)

    Wawrinka obliterated his racquet!

  • 20:19 (IST)

    The final point of the second set.

  • 20:18 (IST)

    Nadal cruises to 6-2, 6-3.

    Quite a dramatic game to close out the second set, which included Wawrinka destroying his racquet in frustration.

    Nadal is in complete control, just one set away from his 10th French Open title.

  • 20:10 (IST)

    Wawrinka hangs in there, holds for 3-5.

    It wasn't an easy hold but Wawrinka string two points together from 0-30 to hold for 3-5. 

    Nadal to serve for a 2-0 lead in the final. 

  • 20:09 (IST)

    Nadal holds to love for 5-2.

    Nadal slaps an ace down the middle to hold to love. He’s a game away from a two-set lead.

    Wawrinka will serve to stay in the second set. 

  • 20:07 (IST)

    What an unbelievable forehand!

  • 20:04 (IST)

    Wawrinka holds for 4-2.

    Wawrinka is attempting to shorten the points by coming to the net.

    He goes up 30-0 with his second serve-and-volley point of the match. 

    At 40-15, Nadal hits the point of the final! He slaps an unreal forehand winner on the run that will make all the highlight reels.

    Even Wawrinka had to applaud in appreciation for that incredible winner. 

    The Swiss player wins the next point and holds for 4-2. 

  • 19:59 (IST)

    What a pretty Sunday afternoon for a Grand Slam final!

  • 19:58 (IST)

    Nadal hasn't;t done much wrong in this match so far.

  • 19:57 (IST)

    Nadal holds for 4-1. 

    Small window of opportunity for Wawrinka at 15-30 but two unforced errors quickly snuff that out. 

    On game point, Wawrinka sends another backhand long and Nadal holds for 4-1.

  • 19:55 (IST)

    Wawrinka gets on board in the second set! 1-3.

    The Swiss player finally stops the bleeding. He comes up with a strong service game --  a big serve and a backhand winner help his case! He needs to play freely and swing away for winner to trouble Nadal. 

  • 19:51 (IST)

    Take a look at the stats from the opening set. Just way too many errors from Wawrinka. 

  • 19:50 (IST)

    Nadal consolidates at 15 for 3-0

    Seven straight games for Nadal! Wawrinka seems to have lost the plot mentally, he'll need to quickly regroup to stay competitive in this final. 

  • 19:47 (IST)

    Wawrinka's reaction after being broken in the second set.

  • 19:45 (IST)

    Nadal races to a 2-0 lead in the second set.

    Make that six straight games for Nadal. 

    The Spaniard is working Wawrinka's backhand so well and forcing him to play defence. Wawrinka unable to do much at the moment and seems frustrated on court. 

  • 19:43 (IST)

    Nadal's strategy working really well so far.

  • 19:41 (IST)

    Rafael Nadal wins the openeing set 6-2 in 42 minutes over Stan Wawrinka.

    After a tight, imploring start, Nadal ran away with the first set winning the last four games.

  • 19:37 (IST)

    Rafael Nadal is two sets away from his 10th French Open title.

  • 19:36 (IST)

    Nadal breaks again and takes the opening set 6-2

    No relenting from the Spaniard. Wawrinka’s falls into a 15-30 hole with another sloppy mistake off the forehand.

    He lands a big serve on the next point for 30-30.

    But Nadal brings up break point after swinging a big forehand angle past the Swiss.

    On SET POINT, Wawrinka once more goes long off the forehand - 13 of his 17 unforced errors have come from that side.

    And it's first set to Nadal, 6-2. 

  • 19:28 (IST)

    Nadal holds for 5-2.

    Nadal makes it 30-15 with an ace out wide. Then Wawrinka nets a backhand to make it 40-15.

    Nadal holds with an excellent volley at the net.

    The Spaniard has taken complete control of the opening set in the last two games.  

  • 19:25 (IST)

    Nadal breaks for 4-2.

    THREE BREAK POINTS for Nadal on Wawrinka's serve.

    The Swiss player saves one of them but gets broken after netting a backhand return off-balance. Nadal did a good job of pulling Wawrinka out of the court with a brilliant forehand. 

    First break of serve in the match goes Nadal's way who has done a great job of putting pressure on every Wawrinka serve. 

  • 19:21 (IST)

    Wawrinka gets to 40-30 but there is no trouble for Nadal to hold serve. 3-2. 

  • 19:16 (IST)

    Sign of nerves from both players?

    7 winners, 18 errors combined in the first four games. And Wawrinka needed nine minutes to get to 2-2. 

  • 19:12 (IST)

    Wawrinka saves FOUR BREAK POINTS to hold for 2-2.

    Nadal overcooks his forehand on the first point.

    This hasn't been the best start to the match - more unforced errors than winners from both players so far.

    Wawrinka gets into a backhand tussle with Nadal and ends up hitting long. 15-15.

    Small window of opportunity for Nadal as Wawrinka hits a forehand up the line long. 15-30.

    Wawrinka bullies his way to 30-30 with some powerful groundstrokes.

    BREAK POINT for Nadal as he stays strong on his backhand returns and draws the errors from Wawrinka. 

    Wawrinka mixes things a bit on his serve and takes Nadal by surprise. Deuce.

    Advantage for Wawrinka as he pounds the ball back to Nadal shot after shot and forces his opponent into an error.

    Big serve from Wawrinka on deuce brings up a second game point but the Swiss man is unable to convert it. Back to deuce. 

    Nadal creates BREAK POINT with a forehand loaded with top spin into the corner, far from Wawrinka's reach.

    A good quality second serve down tee from Wawrinka induces a short return and Wawrinka was all over it. Deuce. 

    Wawrinka saves a THIRD BREAK POINT with deep returns, sending Nadal further and further behind the baseline. 

    FOURTH BREAK POINT for Nadal and Wawrinka comes up with a monster serve yet again. Deuce. 

    This time, Wawrinka gets the advantage and wrestles out a mighty hold!

  • 19:01 (IST)

  • 19:01 (IST)

    Nadal saves a break point for 2-1.

    Nadal edges ahead 30-0 courtesy a Wawrinka error and a beautiful shot into the corner from the Spaniard. 

    First point for Wawrinka on Nadal's serve after the Spaniard lets a forehand return fly wide. 30-15. 

    Wawrinka gets to 30-30 after another unforced error from Nadal. 

    BREAK POINT for Wawrinka after a fantastic rally that he needed two overheads to win. 

    Nadal saves it with a good out wide that Wawrinka sends long. Deuce. 

    Ace for Nadal and he has game point. 

    Another poor return from Wawrink and Nadal holds. 2-1.

  • 18:56 (IST)

    Wawrinka holds for 1-1.

    Nadal wins the first point on Wawrinka's serve as the latter dumps a return into the net.

    The Swiss man hits the first ace of the match at 15-15. He flattens his forehand on game point to hold comfortably for 1-1.

  • 18:55 (IST)

    Nadal races away to a 1-0 lead with a hold to love. Two unforced errors from Wawrinka in the opening game made it quite easy for the Spaniard. 

  • 18:51 (IST)

    Ready? Play!

    Rafael Nadal to start off proceedings be serving first. 

  • 18:35 (IST)

    The trophy is here!

    La Coupe des Mousquetaires -- the French Open men's trophy -- is unlocked from it's Louis Vuitton case on court!

    And now we are ready for the players to walk out. 

Rafael Nadal, bidding to win the French Open for the 10th time, faces 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka.

Back to his best on his favorite surface, Nadal has been the dominant player of the clay court season. In six matches so far in Paris, he has not dropped a set and lost only 29 games.

Nadal has a 15-3 record against Wawrinka, but the third-seeded Swiss player won the only time they met in a Grand Slam final, at the 2014 Australian Open.

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Stan Wawrinka will try to stop Rafael Nadal from winning his 10th title. AP

If he wins, Nadal will become only the second player, man or woman, to win 10 titles at the same major tournament. Margaret Court is the only player in history to have achieved the feat, winning the Australian Open title 11 times from 1960-73.


The fourth-seeded Nadal is 9-0 in French Open finals but he hasn't played in one since 2014. He lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals, then withdrew from the tournament before the third round last year because of an injured left wrist.

At 32, Wawrinka is the oldest men's finalist in Paris since 1973. He is 3-0 in Grand Slam finals, beating Djokovic at the 2015 French Open and the 2016 US Open.

The last grand slam clash between the pair came at Melbourne Park in 2014 when Wawrinka beat a hobbling Nadal to claim his first Grand Slam title.

It was a breakthrough moment for the Swiss, but even then there was a sense he still felt like an imposter at the top table of men's tennis.

Three years on and there is little doubt Wawrinka truly believes he belongs alongside the best and that when the stakes are highest, he brings it all to court.

Here's the Order of Play for Sunday:


Court Philippe Chatrier (11.30 AM local/03.00 PM IST)

Women's Doubles - Final

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova (USA/CZE x1) v Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS/AUS)

Not Before 03.00 PM local/06.30 PM

Men's Singles - Final

Stan Wawrinka (SUI x3) v Rafael Nadal (ESP x4)

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Jun 11, 2017 10:30 pm | Updated Date: Jun 11, 2017 10:36 pm



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