The victory capped what can be rightly seen as Nadal's most dominant performance at Roland Garros.
2009-Suffered his first French Open defeat when he lost to Robin Soderling in the fourth round.
There will be some who believe we were robbed of anything close to a contest in Nadal's run to the final.
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova claimed their third consecutive grand slam doubles title with a convincing 6-2 6-1 victory over Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.
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It marked a stirring return to the top for Nadal in his favourite event and on his favorite surface: Over his career, he is now 79-2 at the French Open and 102-2 in all best-of-five-set matches on clay. With this win, he is now just three titles behind great rival Roger Federer.
"This final to win La Decima for me is very, very special".
And following an historic triumph, the 31-year-old said it was "impossible" to describe his emotions. "And second, all the effort I have been doing last few weeks to get to my best level again, to get some confidence again, and to win all those matches, some tough matches".
The Spaniard's uncle and coach, Toni Nadal, presented him with the copy of La Coupe des Mousquetaires.
Nadal clutches the trophy.
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This time it has been hard for me, but my relationship with this tournament is special.
"I am not the right one to say, but to play 10 finals here is something hard".
This was the 15th grand slam win for the Spaniard, who is referred as "Master of Clay".
"You were too good", Wawrinka told Nadal during the prize presentation after losing in a Grand Slam final for the first time in four appearances.
Sunday was also the first time since 1969 that the Roland Garros final had featured two men over 30.
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His world ranking slipped as low as 10 in 2015 and his 2016 French Open was ended prematurely after the second round by a wrist injury.