The King Of The Clay Is Back On Top! By: Peter Snyder

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He has done it! Rafeal Nadal is back on top winning his 10th French open and 15th grand slam title. Refeal Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-2,6-3,6-1 on Sunday morning to win the 2017 French Open. This puts him second behind Rodger Federer for  most career Grand Slams. It was clear from the jump that Rafa was not going to drop a set in this match. He got an early break in the first set , deflating Stan’s confidence and the rest was history. It was as if during the match Rafa was going in fast speed and Stan was in slow motion. He just was so much quicker and more explosive. He painted the corners well making Stan have to move a lot more than he did and executed his drop shots perfectly. This was a dominating 2 week journey for Rafa as he did not drop a set the entire tournament and some will say this will go down as the best tournament he has ever played in his life.

His road to 10 would start with a matchup with the french men, Benoit Paire where Rafa won handedly, in straight sets. It was than on to face Robin Haase, a 30-year-old from the Netherlands where again Rafa dominated in straight sets. After that Rafa had his best outing of the tournament, beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets and dropping only one game the entire match. That is what you call complete dominance. It was than on to the round of 16 where Nadal would face a familiar foe in the fellow Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut. Agut is the 17th ranked tennis player in the world and would be the first ranked player Rafa had faced thus far in the tournament. That did not faze him whatsoever as once again, Rafa won in straight sets. He had advanced to the quarter finals and would be three wins away from accomplishing a feat nobody has ever accomplished before, winning 10 grand slams in the same tournament. In his way would be another Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. unfortunately, in the second set, Busta had to retire due to injury giving Nadal the win by fault. In the Semi-finals, Rafa would face his toughest test yet. The hottest player in the tournament, Dominic Thiem was coming off a monster upset, defeating the number 2 player in the world and one of the most dominant players in tennis, Novak Djokovic. Theim was looking to carry that momentum into the semi-final but Nadal would have no part of it. He once again dominated the match, beating the 6th ranked player in the world in straight sets. Rafeal was now one step away from winning his 10th French Open and only one man stood in his way, the Swede, Stan Wawrinka. Stan was coming off a win vs the number one player in the world, Andy Murray. Stan had also had an impressive tournament, not dropping a set until, the semi-final where he dropped two to Murray. Someone had to bend and the king of clay was sure as hell gonna make sure it wasn’t him. As I mentioned before, Rafa just totally dominated from the shoot winning in straight sets and becoming the first Pro tennis player to win 10 Grand Slams in the same event. As Rafa won the championship point he dropped to the ground as his back got covered with the clay at Roland Garros. It was a sign of pure rejoice but pure exhaustion as his body has gone through so much of a rigorous toll in the last two weeks. All that hard work was worth it though. The king of clay is back on top and is as dominate as ever.

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