It's his first Grand Slam in three years and his 15 overall.
But this will be his last season on tour, with the 56-year-old stepping aside at the end of the year to focus on the family's tennis academy in Majorca. He apologized to tournament organizers and British fans. However, the most important thing is being one of the top four seeds (especially with Roger Federer's seed now unknown) and it is unlikely he loses that distinction. "When I watch him on TV I will be just as happy". "We saw how he has been playing since the beginning of the season - fit, aggressive, his level has been incredible", said Wawrinka, who had lost to Nadal on the same court in the 2013 quarterfinals.
A lengthy injury list - including trouble with his knees, wrist, and back - saw Nadal slip to ninth in the world rankings at the end of previous year. Twelve months ago he pulled out of the tournament because of a wrist injury.
Finally healthy for a good period of time, Nadal has shown that he remains the undisputed king of clay.
It was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal; just the fourth for Wawrinka, the oldest man in the championship match in 44 years.
"Winning these kind of titles, then you have chances to become any number on the ranking". "I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I have added Paul Annacone to our existing coaching staff to help during the grass-court season over the next four weeks", Wawrinka announced on Sunday. This was the third occasion (2008, 2010 & 2017) that Nadal had won at Roland Garros without dropping a set.More news: Police cite "road rage" in Muslim girl's death
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"It's insane", he said. I come back and see people I have a good relationship with and it's very special.
In doing so, the Spaniard eclipsed Martina Navratilova's Open Era record for titles at the same Grand Slam, with the Czech legend having won the singles at Wimbledon nine times between 1978 and 1990.
Swiss maestro Roger Federer, who skipped the French Open twice in a row, is on the fifth spot in the rankings.
"I'm a practice world champion now, but that's not who I want to be. Right now, I'm going to have doubts even in a few days, because in tennis, every week is a new story".
"So that's why we have made a decision to turn to Paul, who has a lot of experience, and I hope that I will be in the right direction".