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Rafael Nadal creates history with French Open title win

Nadal celebrates with the trophy after his historic triumph.
Nadal celebrates with the trophy after his historic triumph. / Reuters
  • The Spaniard beat Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 to claim an unrivalled 10th Roland Garros title

Rafael Nadal created tennis history on Sunday by becoming the first player in the Open era to win the same Grand Slam ten times after beating Stan Wawrinka in the final of the French Open.

The 31-year-old Spaniard beat his Swiss counterpart 6-2 6-3 6-1 to win his 15th Grand Slam overall.

The achievement lifts Nadal above Pete Sampras into second on the all-time Grand Slam winners list, three behind leader Roger Federer.

The Spanish tennis star won 19 and lost zero sets during the whole competition in Paris, and had no problems defeating Wawrinka despite surviving some initial break-point scares in the first set.

The win, which the new Paris champion described as "the most important event" in his career, ensured Nadal extended his Roland Garros record to 79 wins and just two defeats, which came against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic two years ago.