Rafa Nadal is well practiced at posing with the Musketeers’ Trophy in Paris after winning the French Open, after all he has done it ten times, more than other player in the history of the tournament, which began in 1891.

Rafa Nadal’s love affair with the City of Light and the City of Light’s love affair with Rafa Nadal began in 2005 when as a teenager he won his first Grand Slam and first title at Roland Garros.

That win against Mariano Puerta ignited a fuse, which still burns brightly today

The Mallorcan maestro, the undisputed King of Clay, has beaten the best in Paris the great Roger Federer four times, Novak Djokovic and Robin Söderling twice, compatriot David Ferrer and Stan (the man) Warwrinka his latest victim on the legendary Philippe Chatrier court.

Speaking after his victory he said:“It’s a very special day, to win here again, I never imagined winning here ten times. I am very, very, happy and very grateful to all the people who have helped me throughout my career and who continue to help me. The people here in Paris, the French Federation for the great honour they gave me after the final and for all the support during the two weeks of competition.”

Rafa and Uncle Toni deserve their place at the top table.