Rafael Nadal has won the 2012 French Open on Monday and taken a record seventh win with the victory.
Nadal fought for the title against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic who was also looking to make his own dream of grand slam history come true by holding all the grand slam titles at once – US Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon and French Open championships.
As Nadal fell to his knees on the clay court where the 26 year-old Spaniard is found most comfortable, the final score board read 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Nadal then consoled Djokovic after which he climbed into the player’s box to embrace his family. The four sets were played over two days as rain delayed play on Sunday and the match picked up again on Monday.
The victory came with a double fault by Djokovic who took the third set after falling 2-0 and looked to level the scoreboard with two sets each. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for the young Serbian when the fourth and winning set was clinched by Nadal.
“For me it’s a real honour, this tournament is the most special and for me to have this trophy is unforgettable – it’s probably one of the greatest moments in my career,” said Nadal.
Djokovic, who beat Nadal to win the Australian Open final this year, admitted that Nadal had been the better player. Djokovic commented that: ”Rafa was better. He is a great player but I hope to come back next year and do better,”
This was Nadal’s 11th Grand Slam title, taking him one behind Roy Emerson, three off Pete Sampras and five away from the record of 16 held by Roger Federer.
Watch the final point of the match in the video below:
Source: Super Sport