Stan Wawrinka - Rafael Nadal
French Open men - 11 June 2017
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Speaking on court after clinching La Decima, Nadal admits it is an impossible feeling to describe what it means to win at RG again. This victory means he is only the third man to lift a Grand Slam singles title as a teenager, in his 20s and in his 30s. Ken Rosewall and Pete Sampras are the other two.
Stick it in your diary.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! - NADAL 6-2 6-3 6-1 WAWRINKA. Rafael Nadal has won La Decima! The 31-year-old Mallorcan becomes the first player in the Open era to win a single Grand Slam trophy on 10 occasions, dismantling Stan the Man Wawrinka in two hours and five minutes. It's his 15th major overall and moves him above Pete Sampras into second on the all-time list (behind Roger Federer who has 18). The King of Clay returns to his Roland Garros throne without dropping a set and will start next week as the World No.2. His record in Paris now stands at 79 match wins and just two defeats. He played seven matches here this year and didn't drop a set, losing just 35 games.
NADAL 6-2 6-3 5-1 WAWRINKA. Nadal consolidates to love. He's one away from La Decima. Stan must now hold serve to stay in the match.
BREAK! - NADAL 6-2 6-3 4-1 WAWRINKA. This is over. Rafa is like a dog with a bone, refusing to let Stan wriggle free. The Swiss is pressured at deuce, but shows a nice touch with a smile and by raising his arms in delight when he wins a super point in a face-off at the net. He relaxes but can't get himself over the line. Rafa defends like his life depends on it and Wawrinka miscues twice to hand over the double break and effectively wave the white flag.
NADAL 6-2 6-3 3-1 WAWRINKA. Nadal is 0-30 down, off balance and forced to back pedal - but still produces a spellbinding crosscourt forehand winner. He moves to 40-30 but is forced to deuce by a bewitching forehand winner down the line, a shot that has eluded Stan for much of this match. But Nadal refuses to give his opponent a glimmer of hope and maintains his break advantage to stay on course.
Rafael Nadal at his best!
NADAL 6-2 6-3 2-1 WAWRINKA. Two massive forehands get Stan on the board from 30-30. He's a fighter and he'll keep plugging away. He'll need Nadal to come back down to this planet soon though...
NADAL 6-2 6-3 2-0 WAWRINKA. This is devastating tennis. Nadal consolidates to love, concluding the game with a rasping forehand that paints the baseline to the right flank of a dismayed Wawrinka.
BREAK! - NADAL 6-2 6-3 1-0 WAWRINKA. Behind the scenes the preparations for the coronation of La Decima are well under way. The fat lady is warming up as the Swiss is broken to 15 when he needed a big, big start to Set 3.
SET! - NADAL 6-2 6-3 WAWRINKA. Nadal looking untouchable. He serves out to 15 with a big first serve Stan can't return in court. The Swiss snapped his racket earlier in the game when he failed to pass Rafa at the net when offered two opportunities. It's looking bleak for the Swiss who just hasn't been able to hit anywhere near the number of winners to put Rafa under pressure.
NADAL 6-2 5-3 WAWRINKA. Stan holds to 30. Over to Rafa to try and serve out the second set.
Rafael Nadal was playing some sublime tennis during the first set of the French Open final.
NADAL 6-2 5-2 WAWRINKA. Wow. Blink and you'd miss that one. Nadal lashes down an ace to conclude a super-fast hold to love. He's one away from a two-set lead.
THAT Nadal forehand....
NADAL 6-2 4-2 WAWRINKA. Stan happy to stay in touch after Rafa had threatened to turn a routine-looking hold into a pressure-cooker situation. The Swiss sportingly applauds one of the shots of the match as Nadal unleashes a stunning forehand down the line on the run, that just clips the baseline. The Spaniard can't follow it up though, as an unfortunate net cord bounces back his way.
High praise for the King of Clay.
NADAL 6-2 4-1 WAWRINKA. Nadal gives Wawrinka and his new tactics a glimmer of hope at 15-30 - and then slams the door shut. Stan is hitting more freely but Rafa is wearing him down with some hard-hitting accuracy and real depth to his groundstrokes.
NADAL 6-2 3-1 WAWRINKA. Finally some respite for Stanimal. He stops the rot with a hold to 15 as Rafa sizzles a forehand on the stretch long.
PHOTO: When you start to wonder if you're about to lose your first Slam final...
Nadal showing why he is regarded as the greatest ever on clay.
NADAL 6-2 3-0 WAWRINKA. Rafa running away with it at the moment. Stan needs to find those winners - and fast. A trademark crosscourt forehand sees the No.4 seed consolidate to 15.
BREAK! - NADAL 6-2 2-0 WAWRINKA. Wawrinka looking weary. He glances towards his box and bites down on a tennis ball as he faces triple break point. Nadal is in top gear right now and Stan just can't live with him. He fires another error into the net and is broken to love. La Decima edging closer on Nadal's horizon.
NADAL 6-2 1-0 WAWRINKA. Rafa refusing to let up now. Stan tries to up the ante with a wonderful drop volley to make 30-30, but Rafa's firing soundly off both wings and confidently takes the next two points to get off to a flyer in set 2.
SET! - NADAL 6-2 WAWRINKA. Too good. The King of Clay breaks again courtesy of a whipped forehand and a miscue long from Stan. Rafa looks in the groove and takes the opener in 42 minutes.
PHOTO: Obligatory pre-match pic.
NADAL 5-2 WAWRINKA. Nadal is beginning to assert his authority on what has pretty much been HIS court down the years. He produces some timely first serves and then follows up a stonking forehand with an almost dismissive volley at the net, it's that good, to consolidate to 15.
BREAK! - NADAL 4-2 WAWRINKA. First blood to Nadal! The No.4 seed unloads a sublime forehand winner from beyond the left tramlines and snares triple BP when Wawrinka dumps another poor forehand into the net. The Swiss gets one back but Nadal's court coverage proves too good as Stanimal can only slice a backhand into the net in what proves to be the concluding rally.
NADAL 3-2 WAWRINKA. Nadal cruises into a 40-0 lead but suffers a wobble as Wawrinka shows signs he's finding his range with a beats of a forehand winner down the line. An ace down the middle T quickly disperses any slither of anxiety and the nine-time champion maintains his scoreboard advantage.
Interesting off-court news from the Wawrinka camp...
NADAL 2-2 WAWRINKA. Stan still trying to settle as his rising unforced error count puts him in trouble. A tame attempt at a forehand down the line slaps into the net and tees up BP for Nadal. The Swiss produces a superb wide serve to make deuce but he struggles to get the job done, having to stave off three more BPs before wasteful returns from Rafa let him off the hook.
NADAL 2-1 WAWRINKA. Rafa sees a commanding 30-0 lead evaporate as Stan puts away an overhead at the second attempt to snare the first break point of the match. Nadal responds and two big first serves and an ace get him out of trouble.
NADAL 1-1 WAWRINKA. Stan recovers from 0-15, lashing down his first ace of the match and crushing a ferocious crosscourt forehand to easily get on the board.
NADAL 1-0 WAWRINKA. Perfect start from the King of Clay as he unleashes a couple of blistering forehands on his way to the love hold.
Here we go; Nadal will serve first in the 2017 Roland Garros final. If you want to get involved, tweet me your views (@paul_hassall on Twitter) and I'll aim to include the best in this live blog as the match develops.
Got to love Stan's trainers!
Fabulous welcome for Rafa as he takes to the court first. It's a pretty powerful greeting for Stan too. Time for the pre-match admin and a warm up.
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Wawrinka comes into this on the back of his epic semi final with Andy Murray. He has won his last 11 matches having also defended his Geneva title before arriving at Roland Garros. However, he's under no illusions about the task ahead. He said: "I think to play Rafa on clay in the French Open in a final is probably the biggest challenge you can have in tennis. He's the best player ever on clay."
Rafa on Stan: "I know he's dangerous when he plays aggressively, so I need to limit his possibilities."
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Rafa has an imperious record winning 15 of their previous 18 encounters. The King of Clay triumphed in their last meeting back in 2016 when he breezed to a 6-1 6-4 success in the quarter finals at Monte Carlo. Stan's last victory came at the Paris Masters courtesy of two tie-breaks in 2015 while their only meeting in a major final saw the Swiss run out 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 at the Australian Open three years ago.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the 2017 men's singles final at Roland Garros. It's nine-time champion, Rafael Nadal against 2015 winner, Stan Wawrinka in what promises to be a mouthwatering showdown. Can Rafa secure La Decima or will the Swiss make it four wins from four Grand Slam final appearances? The players are due on Chatrier at 14.00 BST.