Rafael Nadal won a record 10th French Open trophy after displaying clay court mastery over Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 in the Paris final.
The Spaniard became the first player in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam tournament 10 times, and has now a total of 15 Grand Slams.
Nadal leapt over Pete Sampras and move to second place on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners, but he is still three behind 35-year-old Roger Federer.
“This tournament has been very special to me,” said Nadal, who won his first Roland Garros competition aged 19 in 2005.
“Trust me, I’m very happy that I’m the one who did it,” added the player dubbed as King of Clay, who won all but three of the last French Open titles.
Nadal also claimed he didn’t think he would have lasted this long in tennis, especially after a rough year last season that saw him get knocked out in the early rounds of the Grand Slams.
“In 2005, I thought in 2017 I’d be fishing on my boat in Mallorca,” said Nadal. “I didn’t really think I’d have such a long career and win so many tournaments.”
Aside from his 10 French Open titles, he also won both Wimbledon and US Open twice, and has lifted the Australian Open trophy once. Nadal even won an Olympic gold medal in men’s singles in 2008.