Nadal targets 10 on 10

Nadal targets 10 on 10

Nadal targets 10 on 10
It has been a breeze for Rafael Nadal so far at this year's French Open — but a storm is brewing.

Even by the Spaniard's ridiculously high standards at a tournament where he has won 78 of his 80 matches since bounding into town like a runaway bull in 2005, the way he has reached a 10th final has been astonishing.

The 31-year-old has not conceded a set and dropped only 29 games in six rounds — two more than Bjorn Borg's 1978 record when he destroyed Guillermo Vilas in the final.

Yet standing in the way of the Mallorcan becoming the first player in the professional era to win the same Grand Slam title 10 times is a highly-destructive Swiss; not 18-times major winner Roger Federer but the barrel-chested Stan Wawrinka.

Wawrinka was at his belligerent best against world number one Andy Murray in a semifinal classic, striking 87 winners in a five-set duel.

Should Wawrinka repeat his 2015 victory over Novak Djokovic he would become the oldest man to lift La Coupe des Mousquetaires since 34-year-old Andres Gimeno in 1972.

The last Grand Slam clash between the pair came at Melbourne Park in 2014 when Wawrinka beat Nadal to claim his first Grand Slam title.  It was a breakthrough moment for the Swiss, but even then there was a sense he still feltlike an imposter at the top. Three years on will once again have the chance to prove his worth.
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