"Can someone describe with words what @RafaelNadal [achieved] today?" Verdasco tweeted.
Well, let's start with the obvious: Nadal won the French Open with a dominating 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 performance against Stan Wawrinka. But this time he did it after a three-year Grand Slam drought. Rafa was down and out. He was done. At least that's that conventional wisdom said after a series of injuries and uneven results for two years heading into this season.
But after two majors in 2017, Nadal is an Aussie Open runner-up and a Roland Garros champ, which helps explain his emotions leading up to the trophy ceremony.
Not only did Rafa win the title, but he did so in one of the most dominant two-week performances this sport has ever seen.
For the third time in his career, Rafa did not drop a set en route to a Slam title, tying another all-time great dirt stalwart, Bjorn Borg, for the most such runs through a major championship. Oh, and keep this handy little nugget tucked away: Each of the previous two times Nadal sprinted his way through a draw without dropping a set (2008, 2010 French Open), he went on to win Wimbledon just weeks afterward.
Of course, while Nadal was celebrating his 10th French Open championship, Roger Federer was already prepping for the grass-court season, where he hopes to snag Wimbledon title No. 8 next month.
Speaking of Fed, Nadal is once again creeping closer to the all-time men's Slam leader, while American great Pete Sampras now falls to No. 3.
Here's what players, both former and present, had to say about Nadal's efforts:
Extraterrestre lo que hace Rafa. Sin palabras para expresarlo. Enhorabuena!!👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏@RafaelNadal 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🔟— virginia ruano (@viviruano) June 11, 2017
Crying with you @RafaelNadal Best of the best☝🏼 #10 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Daria Kasatkina (@DKasatkina) June 11, 2017
It is so cool to have played in the era of Federer and Nadal. The two greatest players of all time in the same era. Amazing. Congrats Rafa— Mardy Fish (@MardyFish) June 11, 2017
Simply amazing..... huge history.....never to be equaled in my lifetime.... https://t.co/H6Ma9FpFiX— Johan Kriek (@johankriek) June 11, 2017
He was just unstoppable this 2 weeks! King of clay!!! #10 #Rafa— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) June 11, 2017
10 ...... 10 ....... 10 ..... you can say it as much as you want. It's so not normal. Huge respect for @RafaelNadal .. pleasure to watch— andyroddick (@andyroddick) June 11, 2017
Rafael Nadal!! Único 🎾1️⃣0️⃣ pic.twitter.com/PvAdiVuh2o— David Ferrer (@DavidFerrer87) June 11, 2017
To play Rafa now it's like going into the ring with Mike Tyson at his best!!— Thomas Johansson (@tompatennis) June 11, 2017
Can someone describe with words what @RafaelNadal archived today? 🔟🏆🎾— Fernando Verdasco (@FerVerdasco) June 11, 2017
I don't think many can put it into words and I don't think many understand this accomplishment, truly incredibly.Congrats, Champ10n— Tommy Haas (@TommyHaas13) June 11, 2017
King Rafa 👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑 #10— Robin Söderling (@RSoderling) June 11, 2017
Simply to good. Congrats to Rafa and his team. Amazing 10 Roland Garros👑🎾👍🏼— Magnus Norman (@normansweden) June 11, 2017
La décima 😱. Increíble campeón💛. @RafaelNadal— Kristina Mladenovic (@KikiMladenovic) June 11, 2017
Histórico e irrepetible, @RafaelNadal.— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) June 11, 2017
Sólo queda 👏👏👏
The U.S. contingent, while not a factor in singles, walked away from Roland Garros with plenty of hardware.
The girls' final was an all-red-white-and-blue affair, as Whitney Osuigwe beat Claire Liu in three sets.
And Sunday, just hours before Rafa claimed the title, American doubles standout Bethanie Mattek-Sands won her fifth major title (and third straight overall). She and Lucie Safarova crushed the Aussie duo of Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 6-2, 6-1.
Singles competition is overrated anyway. Just kidding, Rafa.