Tennis The Dominance Of Rafael Nadal At The French Open, Can It Be Repeated? By Alicia Springer Posted on July 31, 2017 5 min read 0 0 118 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Rafael Nadal won the 2017 French Open and did not drop a set in the process. He did this for the third time in his long career and tied Bjorn Borg’s record for such a feat in the Open Era. The staggering thing to note is the fact that he dropped only 35 games in the course of the entire tournament; only Borg who dropped just 32 games during his 1978 French Open win has a better record for any Open Era Grand Slam champion, where all matches followed a best of 5 sets format. The dominant run is going to be part of history and folklore. But such dominance on the clay court is not something that Nadal is unfamiliar with. He sparkled with similar runs at the 2008 and 2010 French Open championships when he won the titles without dropping even a single set. Nadal’s Dominance Continues Nadal defeated, or rather decimated, Stan Wawrinka in the finals of the 2017 French Open with a score-line of 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 and thus won his record “La Decima” or 10th French Open trophy. The Spaniard thus became the first male tennis player to win a single Grand Slam title ten times. It is also the 15th major title win of his career, which is second only to the 19 titles of Roger Federer. After the win, Nadal said that it was impossible for him to describe what he was feeling. The 10th French Open title win was very, very special to him. He also showered praise on his uncle who was his mentor since his childhood and paid him an emotional tribute. Nadal also saluted Wawrinka’s remarkable season and his amazing run at the 2017 French Open. The defeat on Sunday was Wawrinka’s first one in 4 Grand Slam final appearances. Stan stated that Nadal was simply too good for him today and that he was no match for Nadal on that day in the court. With the 15th Grand Slam title win, it appears as if Nadal is back up again after the many injuries and loss of form and is now running ahead at full pace. At 31 years, Nadal is far from being a young sportsman. But he is healthy and fit and now has a successful game once again. The performance is what matters in the end; age is only but a number. After all, Roger Federer won his 19 Grand Slam title at Wimbledon at the ripe age of 35 years. Nadal has been in control of pretty much everyone and everything at the Roland Garros since first stepping into the red clay courts in 2005 as a 19 year old. Nadal is still the dominant force and he will probably remain so for a few years to come!