Rafael Nadal beat Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1 to win his 10th French Open title on Sunday, creating and shattering a number of records on his way to a rousing victory.

The 31-year-old said he was motivated by those who constantly spoke of the end of his career, and the win was a fitting reminder to critics who thought he was done.

b’Rafael Nadal. Reuters’

Nadal is now just three Grand Slams away from equalling Roger Federer’s record of 18 majors, and while he still has a long way to go, his class on clay simply cannot be questioned.

Here are 10 stats that are a true testament to the fact that he is the one and only King of Clay.

 – It was a dream debut for Nadal at Roland Garros when he won the French Open in 2005. A year later, he beat Roger Federer in the final for his second title. This was just the kickstart to a phenomenal career.

– In 2007, he became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a hat-trick of Roland Garros titles. By this time, he was already on his way to sealing his legacy as the King of Clay.

–  10 years after that record in 2007, Nadal became the first player in the Open Era to lift 10 titles at a grand slam tournament. It was a long wait, but when it finally came, it was truly special.

– Nadal has won 15 majors. 10 of those are French Opens. That means a staggering 66.66% of his majors have come on clay.

– With his win against Wawrinka in the final, Nadal extended his match wins tally to a 43-6 record, including a 24-1 stretch on clay.

– He took his record at Roland Garros to 79-2.

– His overall record in best-of-five matches on red clay is now 102-2. Almost unbeatable.

– Nadal dropped just 35 games in his seven matches at this year’s French Open.

– The Spaniard bagged his 53rd clay court title, four more than Argentine great Guillermo Vilas.

– He didn’t just win his 10th French Open title this year, he also won his 10th Monte Carlo and Barcelona Opens. What a year.

With inputs from Reuters