The Spaniard becomes the first man to reach double figures at a single slam and, if he continues to play like this, then Margaret Court's all-time record of 11 Australian Open titles looks certain to fall.
He is now second behind Switzerland's Roger Federer, who has 18.
He also lost just 35 games in total and only six in the final, his most comprehensive victory since allowing Roger Federer four games in the 2008 final.
Bjorn Borg lost 32 at the 1978 French Open.
"The feeling that I have here is impossible to describe and is hard to compare to other places", Nadal said, struggling to contain his emotions. "The nerves, the adrenaline, I feel on the court are impossible to compare to another feeling".
"I was not nervous, I was very confident that Rafa was going to win, in a pretty comfortable manner as he did, the way he was playing till today, and he continued today even more, he was dominating, just incredible", said Gasol. For sure this score wasn't good, the match wasn't good, but at the end of the day there's a lot of positives to take from the last few weeks.
It was a procession to La Decima for the King of Clay, as he saw out the second set and claimed three breaks in the third.
Nadal raced to a 3-0 lead in no time before Wawrinka broke back to make it 3-1.
Wawrinka held his first two service games but promptly ended the set on a four-game losing streak starting at 2-2.
Murray will have to defend 2,500 points and with Nadal having skipped the grass past year, Rafa is in prime position to take the lead.
In the first set, Nadal won on 82 percent of his first serves and 67 percent of his second serves.
But again, when I enter the court, I enjoy it and I appreciate to be in the final of Grand Slam here in French Open. "In three weeks, I won Geneva and made final of a Grand Slam, so that's big for me".
"But that's clearly his best he ever play".
Whether or not that happens, Nadal's lack of points to defend in comparison to Murray - who only lost two matches after the French Open previous year - make it seem virtually nailed on that he will overtake him at some point in the next six months.
The victory capped what can be rightly seen as Nadal's most dominant performance at Roland Garros. He then collapsed on his back when Wawrinka's backhand hit the net, ending the final after 2hr 5min.
Lastly, Nadal turned to those closest to him: "I have to thank my family, my team, and especially my uncle, who has worked alongside me all this time".