He also becomes the first man or woman in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a Grand Slam. That decision is clearly paying off given Rafa's performance so far this year - he made it to the Australian Open final and won the Monte Carlo and Barcelona titles each for the 10 time as well.
"Like Murray, Djokovic, [Kei] Nishikori, [Milos] Raonic, [Alexander] Zverev, [Nick] Kyrgios, Stan [Wawrinka]". I'm very happy for everything.
As a tired Wawrinka sliced a volley into the net on match point Nadal collapsed on his back on the baseline.
Nadal hit surely the shot of the tournament in the sixth game, taking a fine Wawrinka backhand and lashing it down the line without even looking.
"I'm a little emotional", Nadal said before his tearful uncle Toni, his career-long coach who will take a back seat at the end of the year, handed him La Coupe des Mousquetaires.
"In 2005, I thought in 2017 I'd be fishing on my boat in Majorca", Nadal said. "Probably Stan was some nervous at the beginning, too".
Many might say that I am being unkind to Federer. But sometimes these moments change everything, no? He converted 6 of 13 break points in his final phase to achieve the 10th success. "So was a lot of nerves out there". This has been his lowest ranking in seven years.
However, that proved useless to Wawrinka as his Spanish opponent went through the second set 6-3 in 44 minutes.
"I was trying to find solution, play better, play the game I wanted to play and do something different", explained Wawrinka.
"He's playing his best level on clay". After beating Tomas Berdych for his second Wimbledon crown in 2010, Nadal lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 final before suffering second, first, fourth and second round exits through 2012 to 2015.
With the win, Nadal extended his head-to-head lead over Wawrinka to a stellar 16-3, and improves to a flawless 10-0 in French finals.
The Spaniard has admitted that that, however, it's been quite some time since he played a good Wimbledon. That's for sure. But not only here. "Thank you and see you next time, " he added. "That's why he's winning so much again". He had a remarkable run at Roland Garros where he didn't drop a single set and lost just 35 games. That's domination. And he just turned 31.
French Open champion Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week's Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club after advice from his doctors to rest, organisers announced on Tuesday. And he moves up to No. 2 in the rankings, with a real chance at No. 1 before the US Open.