Nadal, número dos del ranking tras ganar Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal’s record 10 French Open championships

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Solo le supera Murray, que se mantiene al frente de la lista mundial de la ATP

Rafa supera a Djokovic, que cae al cuarto puesto, y a Wawrinka, su víctima en la final

El décimo título de Roland Garros conquistado este domingo 11 por Rafa Nadal, además de su valor histórico, tiene también valor estadístico, ya que encumbra al tenista mallorquín hasta el segundo puesto del ranking mundial ATP.

Nadal, que antes del Grand Slam parisino ocupaba el cuarto puesto, es ahora segundo solo superado ahora por el británico Andy Murray. Rafa adelanta con una única maniobra al serbio Novak Djokovic, que era segundo y cae a la cuarta plaza tras su eliminación en cuartos, y al suizo Stan Wawrinka, su víctima en la fina de Roland Garros, que conserva la tercera posición.

Murray lidera la clasificación con 9.890 puntos, por 7.285 de Nadal, que por fuerza recortará distancias en los inminentes torneos de hierba, que el año pasado no disputó y puede soñar de nuevo con volver a ser número uno mundial. Se instaló por primera vez al frente del ranking ATP en agosto de 2008 y por última, en julio de 2014.

Entre los jugadores más beneficiados en la clasificación mundial por sus resultados en Roland Garros también figura Pablo Carreño, que se retiró en cuartos de final ante Nadal por lesión y que había ganado en octavos al canadiense Milos Raonic, sexto del mundo. Carreño asciende cuatro plazas, hasta la decimoséptima.

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Rafael Nadal coasted to a record 10th French Open title last Sunday, demolishing Stan Wawrinka in a brutally one-sided final which also earned the Spaniard a 15th Grand Slam crown.

Nadal, 31, triumphed 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.

His collection of Slams now stands just three behind great rival Roger Federer, a staggering statistic coming just a year after he quit Roland Garros with a wrist injury.

Playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final, Nadal triumphed in Paris without dropping a set for a third time.

He also lost just 35 games in total and only six in the final, his most comprehensive victory since allowing Roger Federer four games in the 2008 final. “It’s really incredible. To win La Decima is very, very special,” said Nadal. “I am very emotional. The feeling I have is impossible to describe. “It’s difficult to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, it’s like no other place.”

Nadal was joined on the presentation by his uncle Toni, his coach since boyhood, who is stepping down at the end of the year. “Without my uncle I would not have won 10 trophies,” said Nadal who will rise to two in the world rankings on Monday.

“For me to be here for many years is difficult to describe. I come back and see people I have a good relationship with and it’s very special. – ‘Rafa, just too good’ – “It’s difficult for me to compare this to any other event. You are always going to be in my heart.”

Wawrinka, bidding for a fourth Grand Slam title, hailed Nadal as an opponent and sportsman. “Rafa, I have nothing to say — you were too good,” said third seed Wawrinka. “You are a great example and it’s always been an honour to play against you.”

Once Hollywood A-lister Nicole Kidman had helped unbox the Coupe des Mousquetaires to a crowd already wilting in 30-degree heat, the final was underway.

It was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal; just the fourth for Wawrinka, the oldest man in the championship match in 44 years.

Sunday was also the first time since 1969 that the Roland Garros final had featured two men over 30.

Despite having spent more than five hours on court getting to the final, 2015 champion Wawrinka had the first break point in the third game.

The 32-year-old couldn’t take it and it proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.

From there, it was all downhill.