Rafael Nadal wins men’s final French Open 2010.
He prevailed by scores of 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 at Roland Garros Stadium to become just the second man to win at least five French Open titles. Bjorn Borg of Sweden won six.
Rafael Nadal went 22-0 on clay this year and didn’t drop a set in Paris. His only defeat ever at the French Open came last year in the fourth round to Robin Soderling, but he avenged it in comprehensive fashion.
“I played my best match against you,” Nadal told Soderling during the trophy ceremony. “If not, it’s going to be impossible to beat you.”
The Spaniard broke open what had been a tight battle early in the second set. He fought off his seventh break-point and it seemed to sap Soderling’s will.
It was Nadal’s seventh Grand Slam title and the first since the Australian Open nearly 18 months ago. Nadal’s loss to Soderling last year was followed by a layoff and rehab to deal with tendinitis in his knees.
With the win, Nadal will supplant Roger Federer atop the men’s tennis rankings when they are officially released Monday.
Beating Nadal and Federer in the same tournament once again proved too difficult a task for Soderling, although the order in which he faced the two greats was reversed this year. He lost to Federer in the 2009 French final after his upset of Nadal.
The 25-year-old was looking to join Borg and Mats Wilander as the only Swedes to ever win the tournament.