Nadal received 2,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €2,100,000 in prize money after crushing Stan Wawrinka in the French Open Final on Sunday, to lift his tenth title in 12 years, since he made his debut at Roland Garros in 2005.
"I was nervous at the beginning, had some bad games at the beginning", Nadal said.
"Congratulations to a true champion on and off the court".
"He is 31 years old and he has still improved his backhand, performing better than in years".
"What this title has done is restart his campaign". He hadn't won a slam in years.
"Now he's going to be thinking going into the next three Slams (that) Novak (Djokovic) held all four". For, given the evidence at Roland Garros, Rafa looks set to dominate tennis for some more years at the least.
There's no rest for the tired: Play begins at the next major, Wimbledon, on June 26.
The Spaniard also boasts a better win percentage (82.5) than the Swiss (81.7).
Nadal's serve has also taken an upgrade, which he credits compatriot Carlos Moyá - who joined the Spaniard's coaching team at the start of the year - for.
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However, the Spaniard's 10 titles and 79-2 match record tower over Borg's tally of six titles and 49-2 record.
This was the 15th Grand Slam win for Nadal, who is referred as "Master of Clay". And he stays flawless in French Open finals at 10-0 (20-0 when he makes the French semifinals).
Roger Federer is still No. 5 after missing the French Open for the second year in a row. Even the greats are crumbling at his feet on this surface.
Having won an unexpected Australian Open title at the age of 35 in January, Federer sat out the French Open to focus on his preparation for the grass court season.
Roger Federer is returning to the ATP Tour this week after a two-month break and the Swiss could not be more excited.
Said the Swede: "Absolutely he is one of the main favourites now for Wimbledon".
Despite being up against the undisputed king of clay, Wawrinka came into the final full of confidence after beating top-ranked Andy Murray in the previous round. She is the first woman seeded No. 1 to lose in the French Open's first round in the professional era, which began in 1968.
"Nadal has changed his game and he is playing way more aggressive, closer to the baseline, it's a different Nadal".
Nadal's form this season can be a bit of relief for him and one can hope he can turn things around at Wimbledon as well. It makes things a little bit more hard but when you win after all these things, it's more special. "Finally, I can play tournaments again".
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