The 2017 French Open was officially in the books on Sunday with Rafael Nadal defeating Stanislas Wawrinka to win a historic tenth French Open title. It also culminated the clay-court season as the tour will now look to move over to grass surface with the all-important Wimbledon.
The fortnight full of action was characterized by many interesting stories, results, shocks, anguish, disappointments and here some of the big takeaways and memorable moments from this year’s Roland Garros.
The King of Clay reclaims his throne
There were many questions and concerns regarding his form and health as he came into the clay court and in particular, during the build up to the French but Rafael Nadal overcame all that noise and it is safe to say that he was near faultless en route to this 10th French Open crown, his first since his 2014 triumph.
Rafael Nadal absolutely ripped the men’s draw to shreds throughout the entire tournament reminding us of his dominance that we were so accustomed to seeing him display at the Roland Garros as he did not drop a single set in the entire competition and only lost 29 games. The vintage forehand, the trademark intensity and the synonymous ferocity was comprehensively typified during the 15 day stretch where nobody in the world was better at their job than the Spaniard was at his.
Entering the double digit territory for a single Grand Slam, Nadal also notched up his 15th Grand Slam win which enabled him to surpass Pete Sampras, as the second most of all-time only behind rival Roger Federer’s 18 Grand Slam haul.