Rafael Nadal wins 10th French Open title:

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Rafael Nadal celebrates victory (CREDIT: REUTERS)

Rafael Nadal defeats Stan Wawrinka in straight sets: 6-2 6-3 6-1 to claim “La Decima” (10 titles) at the French Open.

Rafael Nadal has extended his Grand Slam count to 15 with his straight sets victory, and is the only player in the open era to win 10 titles at the same event.

The result never seemed in doubt as the Spaniard led the charge with his heavy, lefty topspin forehand, which kicked up high to Stan Wawrinka’s forehand and backhand and caused numerous unforced errors. Wawrinka did all he could to prevent the Spaniard’s dominance, but even he couldn’t prevent Nadal from claiming the title as Wawrinka’s failed drop shot hit the net, and Nadal fell onto the parisian clay.

With this victory, Rafael Nadal climbs to number 2 in the world, overtaking Novak Djokovic, with the Spaniard now sitting behind Andy Murray when the updated rankings are released on Monday.

Nadal said of his victory: “To win again here is something I cannot describe.”

 

 

Jelena Ostapenko defeats Simona Halep to win her first Grand Slam title:

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Simona Halep (left) congratulates Jelena Ostapenko (right) (CREDIT: Twitter/@WTA)

The 20-year old Latvian produced a sublime display of tennis as she fought back to win her first Grand Slam title at the French Open.

Ostapenko was unseeded and had never played in the final of a Grand Slam before, but she seemed at home as she broke Simona Halep’s serve in the very first game. However, some unforced errors began to creep into her game, and she eventually went down a set and 3-0.

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