"Thanks to my uncle, he's been with me since I was three years old, we've been working a lot and without him I would not have these 10 trophies with me", he said.
"Twelve months ago, Nadal withdrew from the French Open with a left wrist injury on the eve of the third round".
"But the thing that I am more proud of in my career probably is 2013". In just three sets, Nadal played his way into history, becoming the only person to win 10 titles at the same venue in the Open era.
"It's hard to describe how I'm feeling; all I can say is "thank you". He now trails only Roger Federer (18) for most career Grand Slams in men's tennis.
Wawrinka, who spent almost five hours more on court than Nadal to reach the final, looked tentative and heavy-legged although he did have a glimmer in the third game when Nadal was forced to save a break point.
It was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal; just the fourth for Wawrinka, the oldest man in the championship match in 44 years.
102 - The Spaniard has won 102 best-of-five-set matches on clay, with his only losses coming here to Robin Soderling in 2009 and against Novak Djokovic in 2014.
"Rafa, I have nothing to say - you were too good", said third seed Wawrinka.
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Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka gestures after missing a shot against Spain's Rafael Nadal during their men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 11, 2017. "I am in a good position". "In this final, to win the Decima is very, very special".
Wawrinka said the positives of the fortnight outweighed the negatives of losing a grand slam final, having shrugged off a poor clay-court season to make the final for the second time in three years.
The victory capped what can be rightly seen as Nadal's most dominant performance at Roland Garros.
Earlier, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova claimed their third consecutive grand slam doubles title with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.
A matter of minutes later Wawrinka wafted a forehand long to hand Nadal a second break of serve and the opening set.
- Nadal broke Wawrinka to take a 3-0 lead in the second set.
Rafa Nadal paid tribute to his uncle and coach Toni after winning a record-extending 10th French Open title on Sunday. I don't know. I am playing well.
"It's always been an honor to play against you", Wawrinka told Nadal as he addressed the crowd.
"From the beginning I didn't play my best tennis".