On a warm Sunday in Paris, just ideal for the Spaniard, Nadal played near flawless tennis trouncing former champion Stan Warwinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to win his 15th career Grand Slam. Nadal said with a smile.
The numbers point to one fact: Nadal's game is in a better place than it has ever been before.
That defeat must feel like a distant memory now, following a crushing 6-2 6-3 6-1 victory over Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka to re-claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy in Paris. Yesterday was also the first time since 1969 that the Roland Garros featured two men over 30 in the final.
He had won all three of his previous Grand Slam singles finals.
With Novak Djokovic fading and Andy Murray going through a hard time, the Spaniard is in a position to not just overtake Federer's haul of 18 Majors but also to cement his legend as someone who can dominate across surfaces. The Spaniard had other ideas, though.
He has been present in the player box for each of his nephew's 10 victories in Paris, but will retire from life on the Tour at the end of 2017 to run Nadal's academy in Majorca.
"Four games he dropped at most - in any match and any set".
"Been a flawless Roland Garros for me" was Rafael Nadal's statement after he picked up his 10 French Open title on Sunday (11 June).
"I love grass, everybody knows, and it's a surface that I really enjoyed a lot playing on".
Overjoyed, the Spaniard betrayed a long-held secret when asked to reflect on his first French Open crown 12 years ago. I just won the most important event of the year for me.
Perhaps, Federer saw this coming way before anyone else did.
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Open final a year ago , but the Czech player had never been past the second round at Roland Garros in five previous appearances. After the defeat, Djokovic was accused of "tanking" by several analysts and commentators covering the 2017 French Open.
It was the third time Nadal won the event without dropping a set, and he did it surrendering just 35 games.
Normal service was resumed as Nadal and Federer met in the main event once again. Nadal also celebrated his fifth Mutua Madrid Open title.
Heading into Roland Garros, he'd lost just one match on clay in 2017.
Another great rivalry had begun to emerge with Djokovic having responded to his defeat to Federer in the 2011 French Open semifinals by winning Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open at the next three majors.
However, fitness alone doesn't win you Grand Slams.
After he lost to Lukas Rosol in the second round in 2012, he withdrew from the Olympics, the US Open and the rest of the season with tendinitis in his knee.
"For me it's unbelievable", Toni Nadal told Roland Garros Live.
However, the Spaniard's 10 titles and 79-2 match record tower over Borg's tally of six titles and 49-2 record. And from the moment he stepped on court in Paris, few dared to bet against him lifting the title. However, the all-time record is held by the Australian tennis legend Margaret Court, who won 11 Australian Open titles before the Open Era.
Of course there will be serious challengers in London, including Nadal, defending champ and world No. 1 Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic (who now owns none of the Grand Slam titles after owning all four a year ago at this time).
But he finished runner-up at the Australian Open in January, losing in five sets to Federer and he was back in business. Nadal was at home on the clay, though.
Nadal, 31, came through 6-2 6-3 6-1 against the Swiss third seed to claim his 15th major title.